Youth minister pleads not guilty to charges
By Jane Beathard
A Baptist youth minister from West Jefferson was arraigned Friday in Madison County Common Pleas Court on child pornography charges.
Corey A. Wilson, 21, formerly of 916 Kirkwood Drive, pleaded not guilty to four counts of using minors in nudity-oriented material and one count of possessing criminal tools. Two counts involve pictures distributed (pandered) via a cell phone — a second-degree felony.
Assistant county prosecutor Eamon Costello said the charges stem from incidents on Feb. 13 and May 10. Wilson allegedly took nude photos of two West Jefferson-area girls age 15 and 17. Investigators said he met the girls.
During a subsequent investigation, Wilson moved to Galveston, Texas, and continued to work as a youth minister, said West Jefferson Police Chief Terry Ward.
Deputies traveled to Texas last week and returned Wilson to Ohio after the man lost an extradition fight.
Jesse Stacy was retained to represent Wilson at a Dec. 10 trial. Wilson remains in Tri-County Regional Jail under a $100,000 surety bond.
Also on Friday:
• Columbus resident Walton Eden, 51, was charged with one count of felony non-support on August 2011. Eden was previously convicted of a similar charge.
Judge Robert D. Nichols said Ohio’s current sentencing guidelines require community control for Eden, if he is convicted. The unemployed man is also required to get a job and pay the delinquent dollars.
Nichols appointed Mike Murray to represent Eden at a Dec. 10 trial. Eden was released on a signature bond.
• London resident Dustin McHenry, 27, was charged with selling the prescription painkiller Oxycodone on June 12. Because the alleged drug deal took place in the presence of a child, the charge is a third-degree felony.
Nichols appointed Fred Ballam to represent McHenry at a Dec. 10 trial and released the man on house arrest and electronic monitoring.
• Columbus resident Gary P. Benner Jr., 42, was sentenced to 20 days in jail for obstructing a London police investigation of a Jan. 20 auto accident on Madison Road.
Nichols suspended 10 days of the jail time, pending payment of court costs.