Monday, October 20, 2014

Court denies request to revoke bond after teen reports stalking

By The Herald Staff | 8/6/2014

With three weeks until his sentencing in a child sex crime case, a 27-year-old Ottawa man won’t have his bond revoked after an arrest on suspicion of violating a protection from stalking order placed by 16-year-old girl.

Prosecutors this week requested Franklin County District Court revoke Corey J. Schlotzhauer’s bond following his July 23 arrest. Schlotzhauer, who was convicted July 7 on a felony count of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16, reportedly had been following the 16-year-old at various locations in the community, including the Franklin County Fair, police said.

With three weeks until his sentencing in a child sex crime case, a 27-year-old Ottawa man won’t have his bond revoked after an arrest on suspicion of violating a protection from stalking order placed by 16-year-old girl.

Prosecutors this week requested Franklin County District Court revoke Corey J. Schlotzhauer’s bond following his July 23 arrest. Schlotzhauer, who was convicted July 7 on a felony count of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16, reportedly had been following the 16-year-old at various locations in the community, including the Franklin County Fair, police said.

As a condition of Schlotzhauer’s bond in the previous court case, for which he was awaiting sentencing, Schlotzhauer was prohibited from contacting the victims or witnesses in the child sex crime case. Though the court on Monday did not revoke his bond — meaning Schlotzhauer remains a free man for now — it did issue a 12-month final protection from stalking order, which states Schlotzhauer cannot contact the victim in any form, including phone calls, text messages and emails, the Franklin County Attorney’s Office said.

Schlotzhauer still will face sentencing in the child sex crime case for which he was convicted, Stephen Hunting, Franklin County attorney, said. That court date is set for Aug. 25.

Schlotzhauer pleaded no contest July 7 to one felony count of indecent liberties with a child between the ages of 14 and 16 in exchange for Franklin County Attorney’s Office prosecutors dropping two other felony charges in the complaint — aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated burglary, according to Herald archives.

Because Scholtzhauer, a registered sex offender, was convicted of a similar offense in 2005 in which he served time in prison, prosecutors said he would qualify under the state’s persistent sex offender law to have his base sentence doubled, according to Herald archives.

The base sentence for someone with Schlotzhauer’s presumed criminal history would be 36 months, which could be doubled to 72 months under the persistent sex offender guidelines, Senior Judge John E. Sanders, El Dorado, explained to the defendant July 7. Scholtzhauer also would be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life once he left prison, the judge said.

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