Man sent to prison for sex crimes against minors


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



A North Lewisburg man was sent to prison last week for sex crimes committed against minors.

Jerry E. Duhl, 67, was sent to prison for seven years. Sentences of four felony convictions are consecutive.

Duhl was indicted last October on two first degree felony rape charges in addition to seven counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition. The grand jury indictment contended the conduct took place between July 2010 and December 2014 with three minors.

Duhl pleaded guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition along with one count each of sexual imposition and attempted gross sexual imposition during a plea hearing on Jan. 4. Five of the original charges were dismissed during this hearing.

The sentences imposed in the three gross sexual imposition charges are consecutively with the sentence imposed in the attempted gross sexual imposition charge, but concurrent to the sexual imposition charge.

In addition to the prison sentence, Duhl was classified as a Tier III sexual offender and fined $500. Upon his release, Duhl is subject to post release control for a period of five years.

Resident pleads not guilty to providing drugs

An Urbana man pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that he provided drugs to two individuals during an arraignment hearing held on Friday.

Cecil R. Farmer, 56, of 127 1/2 N. Main St., pleaded not guilty to two counts each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse and one count of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

The charges against Farmer stem from alleged conduct on Jan. 23 and 24.

Urbana police were investigating a disturbance over a reported theft of drugs case on Jan. 24 when two men who were being interviewed began experiencing severe medical issues.

Using information gathered from the interviews with the two men, police sought a search warrant for Farmer’s residence. During their search, police recovered evidence of methamphetamine and prescription pills inside the residence.

The grand jury indictment contends that Farmer provided methamphetamine to Shawn M. Blackburn and Josiah D. Thrasher. A case scheduling conference in Farmer’s case is scheduled for Feb. 24.

As part of a personal recognizance bond, Farmer was ordered to have no contact with Blackburn and Thrasher.

Blackburn, 24, pleaded guilty to fifth degree felony charges of aggravated possession of drugs and possession of heroin on Feb. 5 and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.

Thrasher, 24, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of heroin, possessing drug abuse instruments and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb. 5. A hearing in his case is scheduled for March 21.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.