On this episode of Broad & High, an artist profile: Dennis DeVendra, a blind woodturner. Also a look at Dangerdust, the anonymous chalk artist duo from Columbus College of Arts and Design, Helping Hands Center an arts & autism based in Clintonville, Petali Teas and D’Art the Gallery Kitty at Dublin Arts Council.
Delaware County Police Officer Indicted for Sexual Misconduct, Kidnapping
A Delaware County police officer charged with 10 counts of sexual misconduct and kidnapping involving 2 underage girls turned himself in today, a few hours after being indicted by a grand jury. Officer Edsil Spence had been placed on leave from the Genoa Township police department where he worked. Edsil Spence was indicted by a Delaware County Grand Jury on charges involving two teen girls under the age of 16. The counts include kidnapping, sexual battery, and one count of rape. Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney Dave Yost says Spence used his position as a police officer to facilitate his crimes
DAVE YOST: These are serious crimes – rape, kidnapping – no matter who you are, they’re serious. In this case the seriousness is aggravated by the fact that officer Spence was carrying a badge and a gun. He’s dishonored his uniform, he’s dishonored his badge. And we will prosecute this and hold him accountable.
Yost says a negotiated plea would only occur to avoid further victimizing the girls who both live in Delaware County and reportedly attend Westerville Central High School.
YOST: Generally speaking, we would only look at a negotiated plea to avoid the trauma to the victims of having to testify again. The problem with a rape trail is that the victim relives it all over again with the defendant sitting there at the counsel table starring at her.
A fire that occurred around 2 a.m. October 7th destroyed Edsil Spence’s home in Madison Township. Investigators labeled it arson. If Spence is convicted on all sexual misconduct and kidnapping charges, he could receive up to 30 years in prison. Sam Hendren, WOSU News.