Buckeye High School rape case advances in grand jury

STEUBENVILLE — An 18-year-old student at Buckeye High School arrested in connection with an alleged rape of a special-needs student was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday.

Joseph Reed, 18, of Jefferson County Road 15, Rayland, has been charged with two counts each of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition following an investigation into an incident involving a special-needs student at Buckeye High School on Oct. 20.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Reed allegedly took the 16-year-old special-needs student into a locker room and sexually assaulted her. The victim told a friend what happened and school officials were notified, Abdalla said. The victim and the girlfriend were interviewed.

Abdalla said he interviewed Reed and Reed gave a written statement. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to the school to gather evidence.

Other indictments also occurred on Wednesday:

∫ Quenton B. Tom, 39, from Wilburton, Okla., was indicted in connection with the alleged shipment of methamphetamine from Oklahoma to Steubenville. Tom has been charged with four counts of trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of drugs.

The Jefferson County Drug Task Force investigated the case for two months before its detectives and the Ohio State Highway Patrol stopped Tom on his way from Pittsburgh International Airport to Steubenville on Sept. 28. The patrol stopped Tom’s vehicle in Steubenville, and a patrol K-9 hit on the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, according to the drug task force. The vehicle was searched, and approximately 30 grams of suspected liquid methamphetamine was seized, a task force member reported.

The task force reported Tom is suspected of shipping approximately 50 grams of methamphetamine from Oklahoma to Jefferson County, and suspected of transporting methamphetamine on an airplane.

∫ Justin M. Patterson, 18, of 921 N. Fourth St., Toronto, was indicted on single counts of aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault and operating a vehicle under the influence.

Toronto Police reported Patterson was driving a vehicle out of the city cemetery in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 and hit a wall at a high rate of speed. Police Chief Randy Henry said police weren’t immediately notified of the accident and came upon the scene as people were cleaning up beer cans and trying to remove the heavily damaged vehicle.

Henry said there were four passengers in the vehicle, and a couple of them suffered serious injuries. Henry said the juveniles in the vehicle were charged with underage consumption of alcohol.

∫ Terra McDonald, 37, of 715 Jefferson St., Toronto, has been charged in Toronto county court with four counts of providing alcohol to minors, Henry said.

∫ James K. Bishop, 46, of 180 N. Fourth St. was indicted on single counts of theft, receiving stolen property, burglary and safe cracking.

Assistant Prosecutor Samuel Pate said Bishop was working for a contractor at a Cross Creek Township home and asked to use the bathroom. Bishop instead went into a bedroom , broke into a lock box and stole cash and jewelry in early November, Pate said.

∫ Robert M. Coker, 76, of 57 Morningside Drive, Wintersville, was indicted on a charge of gross sexual imposition involving a girl under the age of 13.

∫ Heidi M. Stetson, 31, of 813 Lawson Ave. was indicted on single counts of insurance fraud, telecommunications fraud and theft. Pate said Stetson made a false insurance claim about items which were in a vehicle stolen from her. An insurance company investigator checked invoice numbers Stetson claimed were used to purchase replacements but the alleged stolen items weren’t replaced. Stetson then purchased the items online but canceled the order, Pate said. Pate said Stetson also made a false insurance claim for replacing household items.

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