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Criminal arraignments heard Monday

St. CLAIRSVILLE — Several people were arraigned on criminal charges Monday before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra.

∫ Eric Flanary, 27, of 822 Congress Ave., Wheeling pleaded innocent to third-degree felony abduction and fifth-degree felony domestic violence, causing serious physical harm to an unborn child. His pretrial hearing and plea agreement deadline were set for March 11 and his trial March 28. His bond was set at $5,000.

Belmont County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan said the incident reportedly occurred in a residence on Highland Avenue in Shadyside, and the alleged victim was a woman known to Flanary.

“Ultimately, it is a felony domestic violence because we are alleging that the victim of the domestic violence was pregnant at the time,” Flanagan said, adding the charge might otherwise be a misdemeanor. “However, if the victim is pregnant, it then goes to a felony offense.”

Flanagan said the abduction charge comes from the allegation that Flanary did not allow the alleged victim to leave when he reportedly attempted to assault her.

∫ David Britton, 41, of 1119 1/2 Broadway St., Martins Ferry according to court records, pleaded innocent to second-degree felony burglary and third-degree felony strangulation or suffocation. His pretrial and plea agreement deadlines were set for April 1 and his trial for April 26. His bond was set at $15,000.

Flangan said the incident allegedly took place in Martins Ferry.

“The victim reports that she had a previous relationship with the individual. The individual allegedly forced his way into her residence and assaulted her,” Flanagan said.

∫ Joshua Dale Emerson Williams 34, of 55979 Dillies Bottom Road, Shadyside according to court records, pleaded innocent to 13 fourth-degree felony charges of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor or impaired person and two second-degree felony charges of the same, and fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools. His pretrial hearing and plea agreement deadline were set for March 11 and his trial March 26. His bond was set at $15,000.

Flanagan said the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force notified local law enforcement of the alleged offenses.

“The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force alerts us of suspect activity. From there our officers do their own investigation and issue subpoenas and search warrants for information that will assist in their investigation. After that information is reviewed, it is then determined whether or not we can move forward with a search warrant, and in this case they did, and they had seized electronic devices from a home on Dillies Bottom Road.”

Flanagan said the indictment alleges downloading, possessing and sharing of prohibited pornography. He said the two second-degree felony charges are instances of alleged sharing.

“Possessing is one thing. Sharing is a higher-level offense,” he said.

He said the possession of criminal tools charge relates to the material allegedly found on the devices.

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