Alleged child rapists arraigned in court

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — David E. Yates, 61, of Union Township, was arraigned on two counts of first-degree rape of a minor under the age of 13 in Miami County Municipal Court on Monday.

Judge Elizabeth Gutmann set Yates’ bond at $500,000 for both charges. According to police reports, Yates engaged in digital penetration multiple times with a female child who was under the age of 10 at his home in the 3000 block of Stauffer Road. Yates was arrested on a warrant on April 15. Yates’ preliminary hearing was set for April 21.

In a separate incident, Gary W. Grubb, 51, of Bethel Township, was arraigned on charges of first-degree rape and three counts of third-degree felony gross sexual imposition involving a minor under the age of 13. The incidents occurred in 2011 at Grubb’s home in Bethel Township.

Judge Gutmann set Grubb’s bond at $450,000 for all charges. On April 13, Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint involving a sexual assault against a minor under the age of 13 that had occurred several years prior in Bethel Township.

The investigation ensued and on April 14, the sheriff’s office detectives arrested Grubb, who was then incarcerated in the Miami County Jail without incident. Grubb’s preliminary hearing was set for April 21.

Anyone who may have additional information regarding either of these cases is asked to contact Miami County Sheriff’s Office Detective Todd Cooper at (937) 440-3965, Ext. 6632.

• In other court news:

Shawn Banks, 37, of Troy, was released on his own recognizance after being arraigned on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest filed by Troy Police Department.

In the early morning hours on Sunday, Troy Police discovered a 15-year-old juvenile walking along Archer Drive and stopped him for a curfew violation. Officers returned the boy to his aunt’s home around 2:30 a.m.

According to reports, Troy Police Department officers arrived at Banks’ home in the 300 block of Southview in Troy. When officers entered the juvenile curfew violation warning, the data system showed Banks had a felony active warrant and a warning advising Bank’s violent nature. Banks refused to show officers identification, slammed the front door in an officer’s face and ran out the back door of the house. Another officer chased Banks and tased him to the ground. He was treated for a finger wound and then incarcerated for the felony active warrant out of Montgomery County and charged with resisting arrest.

Pot grower sentenced

In Miami County Common Pleas Court, Daren Ritenour, 50, of Brookville, was sentenced to serve ninth months in prison for cultivating marijuana in a corn field in Laura last fall.

Ritenour pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony possession of marijuana charge in exchange for the state prosecution to remain silent at sentencing. Ritenour also was sentenced to serve six months in prison for breaking and entering and possession of criminal tools. The sentences will run concurrently with the ninth month sentence.

Judge Jeannine Pratt noted the amount of marijuana that was found in the cornfield “could not have been for personal use” and Ritenour has been placed on probation 11 times and has refused to acknowledge his drug problem. Judge Pratt noted Ritenour has an active warrant in Florida and expressed no remorse for his actions during his pre-sentence investigation. Ritenour was given two days jail time credit and ordered to pay $40 in damages to the property owner and $125 for a drug testing fee. Judge Pratt also suspended Ritenour’s license for six months.

On Sept. 21, 2014, a deputy was dispatched to the area of Markley Road and Wright Road, Laura, on a suspicious complaint. Dispatched advised that a white van dropped off a white male and the male went into a corn field on Wright Road. After further investigation, Ritenour was arrested and charged.

By Melanie Yingst

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