An Ohio man indicted in March on 26 counts of sexual misconduct has now seen those charges increased after new indictments brought the total to 110 counts covering 20 years.
David L. James III, 57, initially faced charges involving three juvenile victims, but the investigation now includes five more victims and a total of 110 charges, the Record-Courier said.
And, said Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, the investigation isn’t finished.
“Since (the initial indictments), the investigation has widened and continued, resulted in a number of search warrants in obtaining some digital and video evidence in the continuing investigation,” Vigluicci said.
Vigluicci called it “a very disturbing case.”
“My investigators here and my prosecutors have been working with the mountain of evidence that they’ve uncovered as a result of these search warrants,” he said. “And we’ll continue to see if there are any additional victims.”
Streetsboro Police began their investigation in early March. James now faces 23 counts of rape, 47 counts of second-degree pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, 12 counts each of gross sexual imposition and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and 16 counts of fourth-degree pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
Four of the victims were boys, and four were girls; the ninth wasn’t specified. All were minors when the alleged crimes took place, ranging in age from 7 to 17.
James was initially jailed on a $750,000 bond, but that bond has since been revoked. He was scheduled to go on trial on Tuesday, but the trial has been delayed with no date set.
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