Col. Dispatch article Jon Stout 9-12-07

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Private Eye

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#1 Sep 15, 2007
Fired deputy fighting sex charge from '05
Lapse in judgment was not criminal, former Logan County lawman says
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 3:25 AM
By Holly Zachariah and Jim Siegel

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH


Jon Stout says he's being unfairly targeted: Two judges already have dismissed the felony charge.
Prosecutors say the deputy took the 16-year-old girl for a drive, pulled into a public lot near the sheriff's office and had oral sex with her in the front seat of his county-issued car.

Jon Stout, who was fired from the Logan County sheriff's office after the allegations surfaced in 2005 and has been criminally charged, says he's guilty only of bad judgment.

He admits that he shouldn't have had the girl, a victim in one of his cases, in his car. But, he says, he was trying to help her emotionally heal and somehow it all got twisted.

"I'm ornery and rotten, but this isn't me," said Stout, 38, who after more than 16 years as a deputy sheriff now works at a home-improvement-supply store in Marysville. "This was about Jon Stout trying to be a friend to someone in need."

The Ohio attorney general's office has pursued the case for almost two years, although two judges have dismissed the felony sexual-battery charges against Stout and an appeals court has upheld one of those decisions. The case is now in the 3rd District Court of Appeals for a second time.

Rep. Anthony E. Core wants to change state law to add law-enforcement officers to a list of those who can be charged with sexual battery when they abuse their positions of trust. The list already includes, among others, teachers, coaches, ministers and scout leaders.

At issue in Stout's case is whether he held "parental control" over the girl. Two common-pleas judges and the appeals court have ruled that Stout did not.

Stout was fired by Logan County Sheriff Michael Henry in November 2005 after the girl's family went to Children's Services. Now Stout says he has been unfairly targeted because he was a deputy. He says the case against anyone else already would have died.

The fact that law-enforcement officers are held to a higher standard should surprise no one, said Bob Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association.

"You are there for the protection of the public, and you're not above the public," Cornwell said. "You're held to a higher standard because you know the laws and you're employed to enforce those laws."

Core, a Rushsylvania Republican whose district includes Logan County, said he expects his bill to see legislative action this fall.

"We ought not have parents concerned about whether they can trust their kids around law-enforcement officers, and this makes that absolutely clear," he said.

Cornwell said Ohio's sheriffs support the bill.

In Stout's case, he is accused of having sex with the girl in September 2005. A grand jury first indicted him in January 2006.

Stout said the girl was interested in a career in law enforcement. She asked to ride along with him on a shift and he agreed. He says nothing happened between them. But prosecutors say the relationship went on for months.

In addition to sexual battery, Stout has been charged with public indecency, contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, interference with custody and child endangering.

He expects to be cleared. Then, he plans to wear a uniform again. He appealed his firing from the sheriff's office, but a state labor-relations board has delayed ruling on the case until after the criminal matter is resolved.
serpico

Bellefontaine, OH

#2 Sep 17, 2007
This article is the craziest thing I think I've ever read,does he think this "interview " was going to help his case?BAD MOVE
hothead ugly

Lucas, OH

#3 Sep 17, 2007
Talk about a sugar coat
JIMMY JAZZ

Bellefontaine, OH

#4 Sep 17, 2007
I DONT THINK THE OTHER FORUM READERS HAVE SEEN THIS ONE ... YET---- SHE KILLED HIM WITH HIS OWN WORDS .... NICE JOB HOLLY
JIMMY JAZZ

Bellefontaine, OH

#5 Sep 17, 2007
Private Eye wrote:
Fired deputy fighting sex charge from '05
Lapse in judgment was not criminal, former Logan County lawman says
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 3:25 AM
By Holly Zachariah and Jim Siegel
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Jon Stout says he's being unfairly targeted: Two judges already have dismissed the felony charge.
Prosecutors say the deputy took the 16-year-old girl for a drive, pulled into a public lot near the sheriff's office and had oral sex with her in the front seat of his county-issued car.
Jon Stout, who was fired from the Logan County sheriff's office after the allegations surfaced in 2005 and has been criminally charged, says he's guilty only of bad judgment.
He admits that he shouldn't have had the girl, a victim in one of his cases, in his car. But, he says, he was trying to help her emotionally heal and somehow it all got twisted.
"I'm ornery and rotten, but this isn't me," said Stout, 38, who after more than 16 years as a deputy sheriff now works at a home-improvement-supply store in Marysville. "This was about Jon Stout trying to be a friend to someone in need."
The Ohio attorney general's office has pursued the case for almost two years, although two judges have dismissed the felony sexual-battery charges against Stout and an appeals court has upheld one of those decisions. The case is now in the 3rd District Court of Appeals for a second time.
Rep. Anthony E. Core wants to change state law to add law-enforcement officers to a list of those who can be charged with sexual battery when they abuse their positions of trust. The list already includes, among others, teachers, coaches, ministers and scout leaders.
At issue in Stout's case is whether he held "parental control" over the girl. Two common-pleas judges and the appeals court have ruled that Stout did not.
Stout was fired by Logan County Sheriff Michael Henry in November 2005 after the girl's family went to Children's Services. Now Stout says he has been unfairly targeted because he was a deputy. He says the case against anyone else already would have died.
The fact that law-enforcement officers are held to a higher standard should surprise no one, said Bob Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association.
"You are there for the protection of the public, and you're not above the public," Cornwell said. "You're held to a higher standard because you know the laws and you're employed to enforce those laws."
Core, a Rushsylvania Republican whose district includes Logan County, said he expects his bill to see legislative action this fall.
"We ought not have parents concerned about whether they can trust their kids around law-enforcement officers, and this makes that absolutely clear," he said.
Cornwell said Ohio's sheriffs support the bill.
In Stout's case, he is accused of having sex with the girl in September 2005. A grand jury first indicted him in January 2006.
Stout said the girl was interested in a career in law enforcement. She asked to ride along with him on a shift and he agreed. He says nothing happened between them. But prosecutors say the relationship went on for months.
In addition to sexual battery, Stout has been charged with public indecency, contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, interference with custody and child endangering.
He expects to be cleared. Then, he plans to wear a uniform again. He appealed his firing from the sheriff's office, but a state labor-relations board has delayed ruling on the case until after the criminal matter is resolved.
THANKS FOR POST ... MORE INFO IS GREAT
COLONEL INGES

Bellefontaine, OH

#6 Sep 17, 2007
HE SERIOUSLY F!@!@@KED UP WHEN DOING THIS INTERV.
mother

Sunbury, OH

#7 Sep 17, 2007
Please Stout you are never gonna were the uniform again....You are a very sick man......the only uniform you need to wear is a prison uniform...and as for the girl tell the whole truth about everything....What really went down that night
hOTHEAD uGLY

Lucas, OH

#8 Sep 17, 2007
mother wrote:
Please Stout you are never gonna were the uniform again....You are a very sick man......the only uniform you need to wear is a prison uniform...and as for the girl tell the whole truth about everything....What really went down that night
IF IT COMES DOWN TO A JURY TRIAL, WHICH i DOUBT, she has to be careful because one discrepency and the defense attorney will be all over her
mar

Mount Vernon, OH

#9 Sep 18, 2007
yeah jon admits to being orney and sick but not stupid

Since: Sep 07

Cookeville, TN

#10 Sep 18, 2007
So from what I gathered he DID have oral sex with her? I may have misunderstood this,but if not, then why does he think he is NOT stupid???
cookie mom

Bluffton, OH

#11 Sep 19, 2007
moma of 4 liluns wrote:
So from what I gathered he DID have oral sex with her? I may have misunderstood this,but if not, then why does he think he is NOT stupid???
Well that was just Stout's way of being a friend, according to his own words. He should be held accountable to higher standards than the average person. Who knows the laws better than those that are supposed to enforce them? And another thing- as far as being only guilty of making a bad judgement, well I would wager that prison is full of people that are also only guilty of making a bad judgement. HELLO, that is why they are there!

Since: Sep 07

Cookeville, TN

#12 Sep 19, 2007
Well I'll tell ya if ANY of my kids' friends did this they better HOPE and PRAY they get locked up befor i find them...
hOTHEAD uGLY

Lucas, OH

#13 Sep 19, 2007
moma of 4 liluns wrote:
Well I'll tell ya if ANY of my kids' friends did this they better HOPE and PRAY they get locked up befor i find them...
thats a normal parental response, but remember mess with a deputy you might end up with 2 shotgun blasts to the head and the barrel of the gun stuck in your mouth, and it all would be ruled a suicide!

Since: Sep 07

Cookeville, TN

#14 Sep 19, 2007
Fine with me but i will GAURENTEE (horrible spelling i know) that he would be dead and if it's one of his friends so be it, the lord see what goes on..I'll protect my child come hell or high water....but I get what your saying...;-)
boss

Hamilton, OH

#15 Sep 19, 2007
hOTHEAD uGLY wrote:
<quoted text>thats a normal parental response, but remember mess with a deputy you might end up with 2 shotgun blasts to the head and the barrel of the gun stuck in your mouth, and it all would be ruled a suicide!
Give me a break!! We don't live in the Gunsmoke days...you watch way to much tv... and evidently believe everything you see. That just doesn't happen in a County the size of Logan... Get real.
hOTHEAD uGLY

Lucas, OH

#16 Sep 19, 2007
may 2005-sure looks funny-twist and turn the cap to get the medication out of the bottle

Since: Sep 07

Cookeville, TN

#17 Sep 19, 2007
LMAO, too funny, ya know hOTHEAD I really didn't care for you all that much I think I am fallin for ya ( no not really but i am kind of keen to ya now)....:-)
hOTHEAD uGLY

Lucas, OH

#18 Sep 19, 2007
moma of 4 liluns wrote:
LMAO, too funny, ya know hOTHEAD I really didn't care for you all that much I think I am fallin for ya ( no not really but i am kind of keen to ya now)....:-)
I am sick and twisted and I probably should be on medication myself-happily married and I don't know what my wife sees in me but it must be my charm-

Since: Sep 07

Cookeville, TN

#19 Sep 19, 2007
Gotta be it Lol, Mee to or else i have him too drugged to realize i am a raving lunatick ( i know the spelling)
hOTHEAD uGLY

Lucas, OH

#20 Sep 20, 2007
boss wrote:
<quoted text>Give me a break!! We don't live in the Gunsmoke days...you watch way to much tv... and evidently believe everything you see. That just doesn't happen in a County the size of Logan... Get real.
I don't believe everything I see, for instance I don't believe the sheriffs departments version of what happened concerning those murders!

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