GALLIPOLIS — Two local men recently appeared in Gallia County Common Pleas Court to face multiple charges related to alleged sexual offenses against minors in two separate cases.
Joshua Sparkman, 25, of Bidwell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles during a hearing last week before Judge D. Dean Evans.
According to the indictment filed earlier this month, between Sept. 1, 2013, and March 26, 2014, Sparkman allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the first victim, a 10-year-old female identified in the indictment as “Jane Doe No. 1” while being the victim’s natural or adoptive parent, or stepparent or guardian. The defendant also allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a second victim, a 11-year-old female identified “Jane Doe No. 2” between Sept. 1, 2013, and March 26, 2013. Sparkman also allegedly disseminated matter that would be considered obscene or harmful to both juvenile victims.
Sparkman, who has reportedly been in custody since April 1, appeared for an arraignment hearing early last week.
Defense attorney Barbara Wallen has been appointed to represent Sparkman. His bond has been set at $500,000, 10 percent.
A plea agreement in this case may be filed by June 2. A jury trial has been scheduled for June 17.
Sparkman is being held in the Gallia County Jail.
Keith William Jackson II, 21, of Gallipolis, also recently appeared to answer charges of alleged sexual misconduct.
Jackson appeared last week in Gallia County Common Pleas Court and pleaded not guilty to two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
According to the indictment, filed earlier this month, Jackson allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with the 13-year-old identified in the indictment as “Jane Doe” between June 1, 2013, and July 31, 2013.
Jackson was arrested on a warrant on indictment on April 16 and, following his arraignment hearing last week, he was released on an own recognizance bond.
Defense attorney Barbara Wallen has also been appointed as counsel in this case.
A negotiated plea agreement in this case may be filed by July 21. A jury trial has been set for Aug. 21.
As previously reported, charges against a third individual alleged to have engaged in sexual conduct with a juvenile were also filed in the common pleas court.
Autumn L. Alban-Beaver, 29, of Gallipolis, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, one count of the illegal use of minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
She was released on an own-recognizance bond following an arraignment hearing last Thursday. Alban-Beaver is being represented by her retained counsel, attorney K. Robert Toy, of Athens.