EATON — A man was arraigned on charges of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor in Preble County Common Pleas Court Wednesday, July 14. Judge Stephen R. Bruns presided.
Justin Swango, 22, of Eaton, entered pleas of not guilty to multiple counts. A true bill of indictment filed by the State of Ohio asserts that Swango “did knowingly solicit, receive, purchase, exchange, possess, or control material that shows a minor participating or engaging in sexual activity” in June 2020.
The indictment also alleges that Swango possessed or viewed material that “shows a minor who was not [his] child or ward in a state of nudity.”
Attorney James Vanzant was appointed to represent Swango, who was fitted with an ankle monitor before being released on his own recognizance. Swango’s next court appearance is a pre-trial conference, to be held Aug. 19; his trial is currently scheduled for Aug. 30.
Also in court Wednesday:
Vincent M. Gump, 25, of Lewisburg, entered a plea of not guilty to charges of abduction, kidnapping, endangering children, domestic violence, and disrupting public service.
Gump was indicted in March 2021; court records state that Gump “did, by force, threat or deception,” remove or restrain his alleged female victim, a member of his household, “with the purpose of terrorizing or inflicting serious physical harm.”
Attorney Kyle Lennen was appointed to represent Gump, who was ordered held without bond. Gump’s trial is scheduled for Aug. 30.
Noah G. Pauley, 19, of Vandalia, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted aggravated robbery. An additional count of theft was dismissed in accordance with a plea agreement between Pauley and the Preble County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Pauley was indicted in Dec. 2020; court records allege that Pauley “did display, brandish, use or indicate that he possessed” a firearm in order to facilitate the theft of three cell phones worth more than $1,000.
Pauley remains free on bond; his next court appearance is a final disposition hearing, to be held Aug. 25.
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