A Marysville man could be facing as many as 12 years in prison for allegedly sending a series of sexually explicit texts to a local girl.
The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Marvin Neer, 35, of 207 Windsor Drive, charging him with one count of importuning, which, as charged, is using a phone to try to get a minor “to engage in sexual activity with the offender.”
According to court documents, on Sept. 25, Marysville police were sent to the Windsor Drive address on a report of a sex offense. When police arrived, they met with Neer, who said he was the one they were seeking.
Neer told investigators that he had been “messaging sexually back and forth” with a 15-year-old girl.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the messages were “graphic and that really doesn’t even begin to touch it.”
He said the girl’s mother, who had a relationship with Neer, found the messages and contacted police.
According to court documents, the investigator read Neer his rights. Neer admitted to sending the texts and completed a witness statement for police.
“Marvin advised that he wished to speak with me still,” the investigator wrote in court documents. “I had him walk me through what happened again, and he gave the same story as before.”
Phillips said investigators have evidence of the explicit texts and are looking into how far the relationship went.
“The matter is still under investigation,” Phillips said. “We just felt there was enough to issue an indictment and make an arrest and given the graphic nature of the messages, we felt it was appropriate to bring charges now.”
If convicted of importuning, Neer could face as many as 12 months in prison.
Also indicted was:
– Anthony Campbell, 21, of 6815 U.S. 42, Plain City. Campbell is charged with one count of tampering with evidence. According to court documents, on May 21, Campbell was participating in a court-ordered drug screening. During the test, the probation officer noticed that Campbell was getting urine from a bottle, not producing his own.
Campbell was placed on five years of community control in May 2020 after pleading guilty to disseminating material harmful to juveniles.
Campbell convinced an underaged girl to create and upload pornographic videos of herself to a file-sharing website where people can purchase the videos.
If convicted on the new charge, Campbell could face as many as five years in prison. Additionally, he could be forced to serve a 12 month prison sentence for the original crime.
– Joseph A. Soto, 33, of Waterville. Soto is charged with one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.
According to court documents, Soto and the victim had been in a relationship. Phillips said that after the relationship ended earlier this year, Soto kept a vehicle that was titled in the victim’s name.
“He allegedly refused to return the vehicle or to do anything with the title,” Phillips said.
If convicted, Soto could face as many as 18 months in prison.
– Ian Charles Everingham, 31, of 8650 Lake Drive, West Liberty.
Everingham is charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs, stemming from an April 3 incident involving Clonazolam.
If convicted, Everingham could face as many as 12 months in prison.
– Tyler Scott Gillming, 20, of 207 Windsor Court, Apartment 109. Gillming is charged with two counts of theft. According to court documents, on August 11, Gillming allegedly took two bank credit cards. He allegedly used the cards to make purchases at Meijer and Wal-Mart.
– Tiffany Anne Ison, 39, of DeGraff. Ison is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a fentanyl-related compound.
According to court documents, on April 12, Ison was seen by a deputy from the Union County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy was following the woman who turned into a driveway, but never got out of her car.
Phillips said the deputy believed the woman’s behavior to be suspicious, explaining that vehicles that do not want followed by law enforcement will often pull into a driveway that isn’t theirs.
The deputy went back to the car to talk with the woman who continued to act suspiciously.
A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed cocaine and fentanyl in the vehicle.
If convicted, Ison could face as many as 24 months in prison.
– Davis Caroppoli, 60, of Springfield. Caroppoli is charged with two counts each of forgery and identity fraud.
According to court documents. The victim threw away checks attached to a canceled checking account. Caroppoli allegedly got the checks and used them at several local businesses between July 28 and July 29.
If convicted on all charges, Caroppoli could face as many as five years in prison.