MARIETTA - A Marietta couple could spend more than 30 years in prison after being indicted by a Washington County grand jury Monday.
Timothy B. Neader, 27, and Shannon M. Lake, 28, both of 368 O'Linn Road, Marietta, are each facing three first-degree felony charges of aggravated burglary and kidnapping and a fourth-degree felony charge of theft after allegedly breaking into the home of Curtis J. Noel, 255 Arends Ridge Road, and tying him and his 10-year-old son up on March 18.
Each of the first-degree felony counts carries a possible 10-year prison sentence, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
"The kidnapping is related to the restraining of Curtis Noel and his 10-year-old son," Schneider said.
Kidnapping charges can be presented if a suspect restrains a victim for the purpose of engaging in a felony. When a case involves a juvenile, if the juvenile is injured it can result in life imprisonment, but Schneider said while there was emotional trauma to the juvenile victim, no other injuries took place.
"They were unharmed physically," Schneider said.
The couple were reportedly acquaintances of the homeowner.
The two were among 32 individuals indicted by the grand jury.
Also indicted were Daniel R. Hess, 45, and Lacey K. Day, 30, both of 728 Mount Tom Road, Marietta.
Hess and Day are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with a 15-year-old family member on multiple occasions in late 2010.
"They were involved in a sexual relationship with a child," said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.
The victim in the case was related to both Hess and Day, either as a parent, stepparent or legal guardian, which resulted in charges of sexual battery, Rings explained.
Hess and Day are each facing two third-degree felony counts of sexual battery. During the investigation into the alleged incidents, Hess claimed the acts were a part of his belief in the religion of Wicca.
Harry Dorman, an ordained Wiccan priest with Circle Sanctuary, a national Wiccan organization based in Wisconsin, said neither Hess nor Day is a part of the organization. He also said the religion does not promote sexual assault of children during rituals.
Other indictments are:
On Dec. 1, 2011, Ryan is accused of entering the home of his grandmother at 27335 Ohio 7, Marietta, and stealing a safe containing approximately $1,500 worth of coins.
"We think there were some rare coins that had more value than the Coinstar machine gave him," Schneider said.
Ashwell and Westfall are accused of cashing a check for $2,100 for Richard B. Dickerson, 21, of 4861 Torch Road, Coolville, on Sept. 15, 2011. Dickerson was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of theft, a fourth-degree felony count of theft, and a fourth-degree felony count of forgery out of the incident.
Dickerson is accused of stealing checks from Zelma Joy, of 408 Sixth St., Belpre, when he was hired to install carpet at Joy's home.