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Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:11 PM

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VAN WERT — A Van Wert man who was originally arrested on a charge of rape of a person under the age of 13 was sentenced to an eight-year prison term on a reduced charge of sexual battery, a felony of the second degree. As part of the sentence, George Tromblay, 56, was also classified as a Tier Three sex offender and must register with law enforcement every 90 days for the rest of his life.

At Wednesday’s sentencing hearing in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas, Tromblay offered an apology for his actions but the mother of the young victim also spoke out.

“This man, for years, took my daughter’s innocence. He was like part of the family. We trusted him. He looked us straight in our faces, knowing what he was doing since my daughter was six years old,” the woman stated as she choked back tears. She stated that her daughter had not said anything for fear Tromblay would not be friends with the family anymore.

Judge Charles D. Steele gave Tromblay credit for 220 days already served in custody during the legal process and told Tromblay that after the prison sentence, there would be five years of post-release control as well as the reporting requirement. Tromblay was arrested in the case back in June of 2012.

Also sentenced on Wednesday was Scott Spry, 36, Van Wert who was placed on community control for three years on a fourth-degree felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs. Spry’s sentence also includes a pair of 30-day jail terms, 100 hours of community service, substance abuse treatment, a six-month drivers license suspension, restitution of $120 to the Van Wert Police Department, as well as fees and court costs. A nine-month prison sentence was deferred pending the successful completion of community control.

Kyle Barnes, 26, Van Wert, was sentenced to up to six months at the WORTH Center in Lima as part of three years of community control. Barnes admitted to violating the terms of his probation by testing positive for marijuana, not reporting to his probation officer since August and not doing his required community service.

Megan Wannemacher, 27, Van Wert, was also sent to the WORTH Center as part of three years of community control. Wannemacher admitted to violating her parole terms by not reporting to her probation office since October, not paying court costs and restitution and completing only 20 hours of the 200 required hours of community service.

Klarisa Mendoza, 25, Van Wert, was in court to answer to a parole violation caused by being unsuccessfully terminated from the WORTH Center. Her hearing was continued until today to give the court time to get more information.

Gary Stephens, 55, Convoy, pleaded no contest to fifth-degree felony breaking and entering. Stephens’ plea was part of a plea deal that saw a burglary charge against him dismissed. Stephens faces up to 12 months in prison when he is sentenced on March 6.

A Van Wert woman pleaded guilty to four third-degree felony charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs on Wednesday. Patricia Bigham, 29, was accused of selling oxycodone on Oct. 21, 2011, and selling morphine on Oct. 26, Nov. 1, and Nov. 3 that same year. Two of the counts were reduced from second-degree felonies. As part of that plea agreement, Bigham agreed to pay $2,854 in restitution to the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. She faces up to 12 years in prison and up to $40,000 in fines when she is sentenced on March 13.

Zachary Baker, 25, Van Wert, entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Baker was caught with heroin on Sept. 27, 2012. A second drug possession charge was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea. Baker will be sentenced on March 6.

Audrey Houser, 34, Van Wert, pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree in a negotiated plea. The charge stems from a June 19, 2012 incident when she was allegedly selling oxycodone. Two similar charges were dropped in exchange for her guilty plea. Houser will be sentenced on March 13.

Tyler Torrey, 20, Convoy, was granted treatment in lieu of conviction after pleaded guilty to to fifth-degree felony counts of drug trafficking, linked to incidents on July 23-24, 2013. A third trafficking charge was dismissed in the plea agreement. Torrey will have one year to successfully complete his treatment program in order to have the current charges dismissed.

Also on Wednesday, Paula Wilder, 57, Van Wert entered a not guilty plea to a second-degree felony charge of endangering children. Wilder was released on bond with a pretrial hearing set for Jan. 23.


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