Here are three crime stories the Springfield News-Sun reported recently.
1. Springfield man cleared of raping two girls, found guilty of child porn
Oliver Sanders III, 26, and his defense team were able to convince 12 jury members this week that he did not rape two girls under the age of 13.
He was cleared of allegations accusing him of raping children but was convicted on 48 counts of child pornography.
Sanders was originally charged with 61 counts — 10 of which accused him of raping or molesting the two girls and 51 accusing him of downloading and possessing child pornography on his phone.
Sanders was accused of raping the girls over the last five years. In one incident, prosecutors say Sanders showed a girl child pornography on his phone and told the girl what was depicted on the phone was “normal.”
The jury indicated that they either didn’t believe or didn’t have enough proof to convict Sanders of the rape, clearing him of all charges in relation to the girls. However, they also didn’t buy the defenses’ argument that photos and videos of child pornography found by law enforcement on Sanders’ phone were placed there by either a hacker or someone else.
Sanders took the stand Wednesday morning and denied any wrongdoing. He said he never sexually assaulted the girls. Instead, he said he was away for U.S. Army basic training for much of the time period he is alleged to have committed the crimes and said that the allegations stem from money owed to his family by the family of the girls.
He also told the jury that he bought the phone secondhand off Amazon and that the pictures and videos law enforcement found must have been already downloaded before he purchased it.
Sanders will be sentenced on Oct. 30.
2. Springfield mom pleads guilty after 2-year-old found within reach of loaded gun
Citlalli Rosales, 20, pleaded guilty to endangering children after her 2-year-old was found within reach of a loaded AR-15.
She was sentenced to 180 days in Clark County Jail with all but two of those days suspended, according to online court records. She was also ordered to comply with a children’s services case plan.
Rosales’s legal troubles began when the Clark County Sheriff’s Office raided her home at 1920 E. High Street. Deputies said they found guns and drugs in the home on Sept. 24.
“All the suspects were detained and placed in a patrol car along with a 2-year-old child,” an affidavit filed in the case says. “During the search of the living room where Citalli was with the child, a loaded AR-15 was on the floor in close proximate reach of Citalli with the child in her hands.”
Rosales originally pleaded not guilty to the charges, court records indicate but switched her plea to guilty on Thursday.
3. Two Springfield men indicted in bar attack that led to brain bleed
Anthony Miller, 56, and Michael Robinson, 36, were charged with felonious assault after they were accused of causing their victim to suffer a brain bleed after an attack at a bar.
Both men previously pleaded not guilty in connection to the charges in Clark County Municipal Court.
Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to Walden’s Corner Pub in reference to an assault. Officers said they found the victim lying face up in the southeast corner of the bar and the victim was unconscious, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.
“The victim woke up and provided officers with identification,” the affidavit says. “(The victim) stated that he did not know what happened and could not recollect anything.”
Officers said they were able to view surveillance video of the situation, according to the affidavit.
“After approximately 20 seconds of verbal arguments, Mr. Robinson pushed (a woman) on the ground, which caused visible injuries to her right elbow,” the affidavit says. “The video then showed Mr. Robinson grabbing (the victim) by the neck/head area and throwing him to the ground while Mr. Miller landed on top of (the victim). Mr. Robinson then kicked (the victim) in the head area approximately five times while Mr. Miller hit (the victim) in the face approximately four times.”
Officers arrested Miller and Robinson.
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