MU instructor pleads guilty to attempted rape
IRONTON -- A Marshall University math instructor pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court to an amended charge of attempted rape and faces up to eight years in prison.
William M. Morrison, 37, of Private Drive 2482, South Point, was indicted earlier this year on a charge of the rape of a 13-year-old girl. The amended charge carries a maximum prison term of eight years. Final sentencing in the case was set for Nov. 21. Cooper ordered a presentencing investigation prior to final sentencing.
In an unrelated case, Michael B. Thompson, 27, of County Road 56, South Point, pleaded innocent to two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and two counts of sexual battery. Cooper set bond in the case at $250,000 and set a pre-trial for Nov. 21.
Thompson is charged with using his cellphone to tape sexual encounters with two underage teenage girls in Lawrence County.
In other cases:
Jerry A. Schrode, 28, of Township Road 1013, South Point, was sentenced by Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper to five years in prison for felonious assault.
Aaron Matthew Dillow, 34, of Hereford Hollow, Greenup, Ky., was sentenced to four years in prison for complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs and possession of criminal tools. Cooper also suspended Dillow's driver's license for three years and fined him $5,000. A co-defendant, Amber N. Hay, 20, of Apache Way, Greenup, received a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to the same two felony charges.
Rebekah A. Greer, 31, of the 2100 block of Thomas Street, Ashland, admitted violating community control sanctions and was sentenced to six months in prison.
Angela M. Cooper, 30, of the 600 block of 10th Street, Huntington, was placed on community control sanctions or four years in a drug case. She was ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation program and $201 confiscated with her arrest was ordered forfeited.
Rebecca A. Allen, 43, of the 900 block of Park Avenue, Ironton, pleaded innocent to aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated trafficking in drugs. Bond was set at $55,000, and a pretrial was set for Nov. 28.
Forrest L. Halterman Jr., 40, of the 2500 block of S. 12th Street, Ironton, pleaded innocent to theft of drugs and misdemeanor theft. Bond was set at $30,000, and a pretrial was set for Nov. 28.
Glen Hall Jr., 58, of Chattaroy, W.Va., pleaded innocent to two counts of trafficking in drugs and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drugs. Bond was set at $25,000, and a pretrial was set for Nov. 28.
Richard D. Cremeans II, 37, of County Road 59, Chesapeake, pleaded innocent to possession of cocaine, possession of drugs and obstructing official business. Bond was set at $16,000, and a pretrial was set for Nov. 21.
Selma J. Dean, 51, of Forestdale Road, Ashland, pleaded innocent to charges of theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Bond in the case was set at $25,000, and a pretrial was set for Nov. 14.
Jarod B. Casey, 24, of Center Street, Coal Grove, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering. He was placed on community control sanctions for four years and ordered to complete a program at the STAR Community Justice Center. He also was ordered to pay court costs and do 200 hours of community service.
Nick A. Newman, 45, of County Road 15, South Point, was ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution in a theft case by next July. He could face up to three years in prison if he fails to pay $1,000 per month starting in December.
Walter S. Thomas, 35, of Ohio 373, Pedro, was sentenced to treatment in lieu of conviction in a burglary case.
Jessi Pinkerman, 35, of County Road 7F, Ironton, admitted violating community control sanctions after testing positive for marijuana and oxycodone. She was ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation program at Mended Reeds and do 300 hours of community service.
Russell Cox, 37, of County Road 15, Pedro, was placed on community control sanctions for four years for criminal non-support.