SEX OFFENDER SENT TO PRISON

October 20, 2011
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(Walhalla, SC). Sixty-four year old John R. Roach was convicted today in Oconee County General Sessions Court of Lewd Act on a Minor and Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree with a Minor. The Honorable Alex Macaulay sentenced Roach to 15 years suspended to 24 months for the Lewd Act and 20 years suspended to 24 months in prison for the Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree with a Minor charge. Five years probation will follow the prison sentence. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender, placed on the Central Registry of Child Abuse, placed in the DNA database, and will be required to be on GPS monitoring for life following his incarceration. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family. 

On January 24, 2010, the defendant committed a sexual act on a 13-year old female who was residing at the same home as the defendant at the time. A member of the victim’s family later reported the incident to law enforcement. The case was investigated by the Walhalla Police Department who obtained a written confession from Roach. 

COUCH RECEIVES 15 YEARS

Date: October 19, 2011
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(Walhalla, SC) Michael Lamar Couch was convicted by an Oconee County jury today of...

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SEX OFFENDER TO SPEND 15 YEARS IN PRISON

September 23, 2011
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(Walhalla, SC). Willie James Stewart, Jr. pled Wednesday in Oconee General Sessions Court to Criminal Sexual Conduct, 2nd Degree. The Honorable Cordell Maddox sentenced Stewart to 20 years suspended on service of 15 years plus 5 years probation. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

In January of 2011, a 17 year old female reported to law enforcement that Stewart had engaged in sexual relations with her since she was 14. The Seneca Police Department investigated the case and obtained a written confession from Stewart. 

“The young lady who became Stewart’s victim has shown great courage in participating in the justice process. Too often victims of sexual abuse are afraid to come forward, feeling ashamed that this has happened to them, even though it was not their fault,” stated Solicitor Chrissy Adams. “Seneca Police Department did a great job in the investigation and in assisting my office in obtaining a conviction on these charges. All of these efforts allowed the victim to see the justice that she deserved.” 

DRUG TRAFFICKING LANDS OZORIO IN PRISON FOR 18 YEARS

September 22, 2011
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(Anderson, SC). Luis Alonzo Ozorio pled guilty yesterday in Anderson General Sessions Court to Trafficking in Cocaine, 400 grams or more. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced Ozorio to 18 years in prison.

On July 3, 2009, Anderson County deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-85 on a Ford Explorer being driven by the defendant, a resident of the state of New York. A search of the car revealed seven hidden packages containing over 1300 grams of cocaine. Although there were other occupants in the car, Ozorio claimed full responsibility for the drugs during his plea.