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South Point man arraigned for multiple charges

 

A man who pleaded no contest late last year to allowing his 13-year-old son to drive him home from a bar was back in court Wednesday, this time in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, to answer new charges in an unrelated case involving another member of his household.

Clifford P. Roberts, 35, 1097 County Road 1, South Point, was arraigned on one count each of domestic violence, assault on a peace officer and disrupting a public service. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Philip Heald.

Judge D. Scott Bowling allowed bond posted in a lower court to continue and scheduled an April 18 pretrial conference.

Roberts was also ordered to stay away from his victim. Additional details of this incident were not immediately available.

Roberts was arrested in October of 2011 after allowing his 13-year-old son to drive him home from the Whiskey River Saloon in South Point.

Witnesses said the child had waited for Roberts in his vehicle while he was inside drinking.

Roberts pleaded no contest in that case before Lawrence County Municipal Court Judge Donald Capper, who fined him $200 plus 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended.

Also Wednesday, Daniel Preston, 20, of 1053 Collins Lane, Ashland, Ky., was arraigned on one count of importuning. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Derick Fisher.

Bowling allowed a bond set in Ironton Municipal Court to continue and scheduled an April 18 pretrial conference.

Preston was arrested after allegedly arranging to meet and have sex with a 13-year-old Ironton girl whom he had met on the Internet.

When he came to Ironton and had problems finding the girl’s address, he asked an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper for help.

The trooper became suspicious of Preston and took him to the Ironton Police Department for questioning. Preston allegedly eventually admitted that he knew the girl he was supposed to meet was only 13.

Teresa Wicker, 51, of 484 Township Road 44, Ironton, was arraigned on one count of felonious assault.

She pleaded not guilty through her attorney, Mike Gleichauf. Bowling allowed a $25,000 cash bond set in a lower court to continue and added a $25,000 own recognizance (OR) bond to it.

Wicker must return to court April 11 for a pretrial conference.

Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Mack Anderson said Wicker was arrested after she allegedly beat her boyfriend with a heavy glass ashtray. Anderson said the injury required 70 stitches.