Former teacher indicted
STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday returned indictments against a former Buckeye Local School District teacher and a Rayland-area mother who is charged with causing serious injuries to her infant child.
Ronald S. Burkhead, 41, of 3169 county Road 15, Rayland, a former Buckeye Local teacher, was indicted on four counts of sexual battery, three counts each of importuning and pandering obscenity and one count of gross sexual imposition.
The case involves three male teenagers, according to Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Bruzzese.
Two of the victims engaged in sexual conduct with Burkhead and one victim exchanged messages and sexual photographs with Burkhead, he said.
Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the department received a call from the mother of one of the victims, stating there had been sexual relations between her son and Burkhead.
The sheriff said the sexual relations have been going on since the child was about 13 years old. He said the alleged victim is now 17 years old.
Through the investigation, Abdalla said a second alleged victim was identified. He said that victim is 16 years old, and the sexual contact started this summer. Both boys were interviewed by Abdalla and detectives at his office. Burkhead was then arrested and taken to the county jail, the sheriff said.
Abdalla said there is no evidence yet any of the sexual acts occurred on school property. He said the conduct was in Burkhead’s vehicle or home or a cemetery.
Abdalla said Burkhead has been targeting and grooming kids from a young age.
Bruzzese said Burkhead’s phone has been sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to determine if there is any child pornography on the device. Bruzzese said that process hasn’t been completed.
Jennifer L. Green, 28, of 221 county Road 2, Rayland, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and endangering children.
Bruzzese said Green on Nov. 5 caused serious physical injuries to her 2 month old son. He said the child had broken bones and was suffering from apparent shaken baby syndrome. The child was taken to Wheeling Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to a children’s hospital in Columbus.
Ian Shaw Jr., 40, of 546 Lawson Ave. was indicted on a charge of first-degree drug possession.
The drug task force executed a search warrant on Oct. 25 at a residence Shaw used at 408 Lovers Lane, which resulted in the confiscation of 75 grams of cocaine, money and a digital scale.
Amini Nerson, 19, of Pittsburgh was charged with felony counts of theft and vandalism. Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said Nerson broke into a case at Wal-Mart on March 14 and stole cell phones. Wal-Mart was able to use the tracking programs on the phones to locate the stolen items, Hanlin said.
Scott M. White, 54, of 615 Sixth St., Bergholz, was indicted on a drug possession charge. After a three-month-long investigation, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force arrested White, who the drug task force believes was a main supplier of methamphetamine in the Bergholz and Amsterdam area.
White was arrested on Oct. 18 without incident during an investigative vehicle stop conducted by drug task force detectives.
The drug task force reported detectives seized approximately 150 grams of suspected methamphetamine during the stop, which was in the possession of White.
The drugs seized have an approximate street value of $15,000, according to the drug task force.
Detectives then searched White’s residence, where they gathered additional evidence, the task force reported.
The grand jury also returned the following indictments:
¯ Richard T. Russell, 41, of Minerva, two counts of having a weapon under disability and one count of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
¯ Bryant C. Rose, 43, of Pittsburgh, possession of drugs and misdemeanor obstructing official business.
¯ Dyani A. Gregory, 34, of 1335 Oak Grove Ave., possession of drugs.
¯ Kathryn V. Crow, 25, of 205 Second St., Bergholz, possession of drugs.