Area man pleads guilty in U.S. Bank robbery
STEUBENVILLE – A Rayland area man pleaded guilty Tuesday before Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge David Henderson to robbing the U.S. Bank in Smithfield on March 11.
Joseph N. Bednarek, 31, of 4854 township Road 177, Rayland, walked into the bank shortly after it opened on March 11 and told a teller, “Give me your money so I don’t have to shoot you,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.
Bednarek told Henderson a different account of what happened. Bednarek said the teller was counting money on the counter and he reached over, grabbed the money and ran out of the bank.
County Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Bruzzese said Bednarek threatened the teller.
Defense attorney Stephen Lamatrice asked for presentence investigation.
Bednarek faces nine to 36 months in prison.
Bruzzese said about $2,800 was taken in the robbery, and all but $800 was recovered.
Also, Jeffrey Drazic, 58, of 26 state Route 151, Mingo Junction, was sentenced by Henderson to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.
County Assistant Prosecutor Edward Littlejohn Jr. said Drazic set up a fake Facebook page looking for a homosexual relationship and lured a 15-year-old male into having sexual conduct. Police also found child pornography on his computer during the investigation.
Drazic said in court the male claimed to be 18 years old. Drazic said he contacted the male’s father after Drazic discovered the male was just 15 years old.
Drazic is currently undergoing sexual-offender counseling in Weirton.
Defense attorney Kristopher Haught said there were mitigating circumstances for Drazic not to serve a prison sentence. Littlejohn was asking the court to sentence Drazic to three years in prison.
Henderson ruled Drazic is a Tier II sexual offender, requiring Drazic to report his address to the county sheriff where he works and lives every 180 days for 25 years.
Also appearing before Henderson were:
Roger A. Dagan, 29, of 1365 county Road 1, Rayland, who was sentenced to 45 days in the county jail for a probation violation.
Dagan pleaded guilty to illegal possession of chemicals in the manufacturing of drugs in connection with a county drug task force raid on Nov. 1 at Dagan’s house. The drug task force and the county sheriff’s department found a crystal methamphetamine lab.
Dagan was sentenced in February to six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center but was kicked out of the program after 35 days when it was determined he was using drugs at the facility.
The county prosecutor’s office then filed a motion for a probation revocation. Henderson ordered Dagan to be on probation for two years. He faces up to 36 months in prison if he violates probation.
Brock A. Teater, 25, of 246 Union St., Mount Pleasant, was placed on two years of probation after pleading guilty to illegal possession of chemicals in the manufacturing of drugs in connection with the drug raid on Nov. 1 at Dagan’s house.
Steven L. Hill, 21, of 105 Montwell Drive, Mingo Junction, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for a probation revocation.
Hill was sentenced to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center in connection with the stabbing of a family member at the Montwell Drive home on July 26.
Hill was involved in a high-speed chase on March 1 involving Wintersville police. Hill was sentenced to 90 days in Wintersville county court for fleeing and eluding.
Myron D. Gibson, 20, of Hopedale was sentenced to 90 days in jail for a probation revocation.
Gibson was sentenced to three months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center on Oct. 29. He was kicked out of the Eastern Ohio Correction Center for allegedly arranging for drugs to be delivered to him. Henderson in December ordered Gibson to serve six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, but he again was kicked out for using drugs at the facility. Henderson placed Gibson on probation for one year.
Terry K. Baughman, 64, of Toronto was placed on one year of probation after pleading guilty to theft.
Baughman was arrested by Toronto Police after police said she stole $1,100 from a 92-year-old woman in the 1200 block of South River Avenue, Toronto, on Dec. 9.
Derek M. Bocek, 25, of Toronto was sentenced to 45 days in jail for a probation violation.
Bocek pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor involving a child between the ages of 13 and 16.
Bocek was sentenced in January to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correction Center but admitted in March to using drugs at the facility.