Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office released this week’s list of grand jury indictments, including a Portsmouth man who was living in the country illegally and was indicted on charges of rape.
Anselmo Reyes Soria, age 50, of Portsmouth — whom had been living illegally in the United States for almost 30 years — was arrested on July 9 and charged with the rape of a 16-year-old and others, ages 9 to 12, over several years.
Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said detectives responded to several locations talking to witnesses and possible victims. During this investigation detectives were able to determine that several individuals where claiming to be sexually assaulted by the same suspect ranging from ages 9 to 12 during the time of the assaults. Donini said his detectives, while at Southern Ohio Medical Center talking to a witness, were notified that the possible suspect had entered the hospital. Detectives were able to detain Soria for questioning that resulted in an arrest.
Other complications in the case include a list of names Soria has gone by. According to authorities, they have recovered fake birth certificates and fake Social Security cards, which show he has been known as Ishmael Soria, Anselmo Reyes, Ancelmo Zoria, Ismael Reyes and Ismael Reeyes.
Speaking distinctly and carefully through a court-appointed interpreter, Portsmouth Municipal Court Judge Steven L. Mowery arraigned Soria on July 10 on a charge of rape. Assistant City Prosecutor (Solicitor) Ruth Buckler had asked for the highest bond allowed. Mowery set his bond at $200,000 cash or surety. He also told Soria he could pay a bailbonds service $20,000 to get released.
During the course of the arraignment, Soria told Mowery he has lived in the U.S. for 27 to 30 years and is not a citizen.
Soria was indicted by the Scioto County grand jury on two counts of rape, and one count of rape/sexually violent predator specification.
Also indicted by the grand jury in an unrelated case was Nathan Payton, age 29, of Portsmouth, on a charge of aggravated robbery.
According to Portsmouth Police, Payton took several bottles of liquor at knife-point from the liquor department at the Portsmouth Kroger Store on July 16.
“Basically he walked in, put six bottles of liquor into a backpack, right in front of the salesman who works in the liquor department, and the loss prevention officer,” Portsmouth Police Detective Sergeant Jim Charles said. “When he left the liquor area without paying, they confronted him. He pulled out a pocket knife and told one of the employees - ‘this isn’t worth it’ - in a threatening manner, and so they let him leave the store with the liquor.”
After he left the store, employees went out, got a description of the vehicle he was in and the license tag number, and called the police. His vehicle was located near Argonne Road, and police found the liquor and the knife used in the robbery. He was also positively identified by Kroger employees.
Payton was indicted this week by the Scioto County grand jury for the charge of aggravated robbery.
Also indicted by the grand jury in an unrelated case was William Passmore, age 38, of McDermott.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Passmore’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on Ohio 125 at Odle Creek Road in West Portsmouth on Feb. 23, when he lost control, hit an embankment and flipped the vehicle over. Passengers in that vehicle included Kristina Abbott, 27, of West Portsmouth; and three 7-year-old girls. One of the children was ejected from the vehicle and had to be flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., while the other four involved in the crash were all transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center.
Passmore was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, driving with a suspended license, four counts of aggravated vehicular assault, three counts of child endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.
“He’s charged with leaving the scene because he took off and we caught him down the road later,” said Lt. Karla Taulbee of the OSHP said at the time.
Passmore was indicted this week for one count of failure to comply with order or signal of police officer, one count of aggravated vehicular assault, and three counts of endangering children.
Also indicted this week by the Scioto County grand jury, on charges of endangering children, was Nicole Blackburn, age 31, of West Portsmouth, and Jason Campbell, age 34, of West Portsmouth.
According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded on June 3 to a complaint that occurred in West Portsmouth that two small children, age 4 and age 5, were locked in a bedroom for more than two hours while the parents were gone. The Washington Township deputy and detectives from the Sheriff’s Office along with Scioto County Children Services responded to the residence and were able to get the children out of the home safely from their bedroom window.
Neighbors, including other children, occupied the children’s attention through the window until officers arrived at the scene, and were eventually able to instruct one of the children on how to unlock the window. Once that was done, the children were removed. The children were taken into the custody and care of the Scioto County Children Services.
One of the parents, Blackburn, was indicted this week for two counts of endangering children. Campbell was also indicted by the Scioto County grand jury in related charges for two counts of endangering children.
Also indicted this week by the Scioto County grand jury in unrelated cases was…
Millie Arnett of Lucasville for felonious assault; Christopher D’souza of Portsmouth for aggravated robbery and robbery; Tony Macklin of Portsmouth for two counts of having a weapon under disability; Teresa Cahoon of New Boston for possession of heroin, possession of drug abuse instruments, and possession of drug paraphernalia; Shawn Lamarr of Columbus for trafficking in drugs, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, possession of crack cocaine, and tampering with evidence; Timothy McCann of Portsmouth for theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, burglary, theft, attempted burglary; James Dearfield of Franklin Furnace for possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of theft from the elderly or disabled adult; Clifford Jenkins of Chesapeake for failure to appear; Ricky Andrews of Portsmouth for possession of crack cocaine, trafficking in drugs, and possession of marijuana; Timothy McCann of Portsmouth for illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs; Billie Fulk of South Webster for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse paraphernalia; Jeremy McKee of Beaver for possession of heroin and tampering with evidence; David Williams of Proctorville for trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tool, and tampering with evidence; Judith William of Proctorville for trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of criminal tool, and tampering with evidence; Kyle Blevins for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor; and Steven Stanley of Portsmouth for burglary and vandalism.
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