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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Several pleas were filed and convictions handed down last week in intrusive and drug-related cases in Belmont County Common Plea Court.

Kyle Neilson, 32, of 141 W. Main St., Holloway pleaded guilty to two counts of opportunism, a fifth degree felony. He was accused of improperly touching a young girl in his care. Assistant District Attorney Chris Gagin said the offenses mainly occurred at Neilson’s residence in Flushing Township. Belmont County Common Pleas Judge John Vavra has set Neilson’s sentencing hearing for October 25. He will be designated a Level 1 sex offender and will need to register with his county sheriff’s office every 12 months for 15 years.

Richard Allen Moore, 48, of 621 Washington St., Martins Ferry, was convicted of three counts of heroin trafficking, fifth degree felonies on August 20, 2020. Vavra imposed two years of community checks . Moore will serve six months in prison and six months at the Eastern Ohio Correction Center. Intensive drug and alcohol treatment has been ordered. Moore’s house was confiscated and sold as a result of drug-related activity there.

Vavra said the reserve sentence for each count is one year, up to a maximum of three years if Moore violates the terms of his sentence.

“He allowed his house to be used for certain drug offenses”, Belmont County Attorney Kevin Flanagan said, adding that the home’s total sale was about $ 25,000.

Part of the profits went to Moore’s ex-wife and the rest to the city. Flanagan said there were liens on the property.

Roger Lucas, 27, of 133 Market St., Yorkville was convicted of two counts of attempted aiding and abetting drug trafficking, a fourth degree felony that occurred on August 4, 2020. Vavra took into account Lucas’ efforts to get himself out of the way. reform and imposed community checks, including 60 days of electronic house arrest. He will be able to work and follow consultations.

A violation of the terms of his sentence could result in three years in prison.

The sentence was quite lenient “Because he entered rehab almost a year ago and has kept a full-time job”, said Gagin.

Vavra reviewed Lucas’s background, including drug addiction offenses and a jail term.

“He has a troubling drug abuse history, which the court said contributed to his conduct,” he added. said Vavra. “He’s been counseling for a while and he’s been successful so far. … The case is unusual in that you have been able to stay sober for such a period of time and have taken it upon yourself to try and change your life.

Jennifer Jo Murphy, 48, of 300 N. Front St., Wheeling was sentenced to three years in prison for illegally transporting drug addiction devices in Belmont County Jail in a third degree felony that occurred on November 15, 2019 She was convicted in a trial last week. Gagin said her DNA was found on the stamp of a greeting card she was accused of sending to jail. There was methamphetamine on the card.

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