A Highland County grand jury handed down indictments against 23 individuals — including a 10-count indictment involving three people and an eight-count case charging two individuals — during their Dec. 3 session.

Leah Aliff, 45, and Wesley Raymond Moore, Jr., 28, both of Hillsboro, and Miranda C. Smith, 28, of Middletown have been named in the same case. A combined 10-count indictment (including some joint counts) includes two of the suspects being charged with the alleged rape of a minor and all three accused of alleged pandering obscenity involving a minor, among other charges.

Moore has been charged with rape, a first-degree felony; one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony; burglary, a second-degree felony; two counts of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and two additional counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Smith has been charged with rape, a first-degree felony; two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony; burglary, a second-degree felony; theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; and a second charge of rape, a first-degree felony.

Aliff has been charged with pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

The charges in this case stem from alleged incidents dating back to 2017 and as recently as October 2019.

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In another case, two individuals were charged in one eight-count indictment involving drug-related offenses. G. Paul Leonard, 46, of Greenfield and Francis Jerome Jordan II, 42, of Fayetteville have been charged in the same case, with Leonard facing six counts and Jordan facing two.

Leonard has been charged with one count of aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine in the vicinity of a school, a second-degree felony; one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony; one count of trafficking in heroin in the vicinity of a school, a first-degree felony; one count of possession of heroin, a second-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

Jordan is facing one charge of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a third-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

According to the indictment, it is alleged that on or about Oct. 24, Leonard “did knowingly prepare” to distribute or did distribute methamphetamine “in an amount equal to or exceeding five times bulk amount but less than 50 times bulk amount” and heroin “in an amount exceeding 10 grams but less than 50 grams” in the vicinity of a school. Leonard is also charged with allegedly “receiving, retaining or disposing of” a handgun with knowledge or “reasonable cause to believe said property had been obtained through the commission of a theft offense.” A 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer and $2,370 in U.S. currency are subject to forfeiture for their alleged “instrumentality” in the alleged offenses.

On or about Oct. 24, Jordan is charged with “knowingly obtaining, possessing or using” methamphetamine “in an amount equal to or exceeding five times bulk amount but less than 50 times bulk amount,” and $370 in U.S. currency is subject to forfeiture.

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Aaron Wayne Smith, 35, of Greenfield, is facing five charges, including one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony; one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony; and a forfeiture specification.

It is alleged that on or about Nov. 16, Smith “did knowingly obtain, possess or use” methamphetamine and heroin. On that date, Smith is alleged to have had in his possession a “Beretta long rifle or dangerous ordnance” despite a previous drug trafficking conviction in Highland County Common Pleas Court. The indictment alleges that Smith received the firearm with knowledge or “reasonable cause to believe said property had been obtained through the commission of a theft offense.” Smith was also allegedly found with $1,255 in U.S. currency, which is “subject to forfeiture due to its instrumentality in the commission or facilitation of the offense.”

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In another case involving alleged sex offenses, Robert Bruce Metcalf, 32, of Franklin was charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony; one count of sexual battery, a second-degree felony; and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony. It is alleged that Metcalf engaged in sexual conduct with a minor victim on or about October 2018 through June 2019 in Highland County, leading to all three charges.

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A three-count indictment was handed down against Bryce Ballein, 27, of Hillsboro. Ballein has been charged with one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony; one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.

It is alleged that on or about Aug. 15, Ballein stole “credit cards, checkbooks and other miscellaneous items” from one victim, leading to the theft charge. On or about that same date, it is alleged that Ballein also “did receive, retain or dispose of certain property, being a credit cards [sic],” belonging to a separate victim. Ballein allegedly knew or had “reasonable cause to believe the property had been obtained through the commission of a theft offense.” The indictment further alleges that Ballein allegedly “did obtain or exert control over” a 2005 Cadillac Deville owned by a third victim without the victim’s consent.

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Rem Skeens, 19, of Greenfield was charged in two separate cases. In one case, he has been charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony, for alleged possession on or about Aug. 28. In the other case, he is charged with one count of assault on a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony, after he “knowingly did cause or attempt to cause physical harm” to a peace officer on Oct. 19.

As previously reported, Skeens was charged with escape earlier this month in Hillsboro Municipal Court after he allegedly checked himself out of a Columbus hospital. Skeens, who had been transported from the Highland County Justice Center to Highland District Hospital on a medical issue, was later transported to Columbus for further treatment and allegedly signed himself out of the hospital. That case has also been bound over for possible future review by a grand jury. Skeens was originally in custody for an assault charge.

Other indictments include the following:

• Heather Taylor, 31, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony; one count of assault on a police officer, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony.

• Matthew Hunt, 30, of Leesburg was charged with one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of heroin, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Tad Everett Price, 44, of Greenfield was charged with one count of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

• Tina L. Cockrell, 46, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of assault on a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony.

• Charles Lovett, 72, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of attempted gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony.

• Justyn Osborne, 22, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony.

• Daryl Leroy Davis, 60, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony.

• Ernie Haskill, 39, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Olivia Hayslip, 35, of Highland was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Nathaniel R. Hersmen, 35, of Otway was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Teresa A. Holsinger, 21, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Ronald Ison, 37, of Hillsboro was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• Joseph G. Leeth, 25, of Lucasville was charged with one count of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony.

• David Willett, 51, of Greenfield was charged with one count of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.