By Frank Lewis
A Scioto County man who was arrested in Illinois with a 14-year-old Scioto County girl is now facing several charges in Madison County, Illinois, and is being held there on a half-million dollars bond.
Nathan D. Maphis, 36, of New Boston, faces a charge of attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, class 3, which, according to the filing in the Circuit Court of the Third Judicial Circuit, occurred on or about June 25, 2014, and, according to the charge, involved a person who was at least 13 but under 17.
Maphis is also charged with harboring a runaway, class A, which carries the narrative Maphis “knowingly gave shelter to (name of 14-year-old) for more than 48 hours without the consent of (teen’s) parent or guardian and without notifying the local law enforcement authorities of the minor’s name.”
Count three is the charge of sexual exploitation of a child, class A and count four involves offenses relating to motor vehicles, class 2, which states Maphis was in possession of a silver Buick Regal that he was not entitled to have.
“He has been charged with four counts - two of them are misdemeanors,” Stephanee Smith of the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office said. “Here in Illinois, maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is up to a year in County Jail. He’s also been charged with a class two and with a class two the maximum penalty is three to seven years and the class three is two to five. He is also eligible for probation, but those are the maximum penalties.”
Smith said she had heard Scioto County authorities as well as federal authorities are looking into charges that may be applicable since Maphis came from Ohio to Illinois.
On June 24, 2014, Scioto County Sheriff’s Detective Denver Triggs told the Daily Times the case was being treated as an unruly runaway, but they were looking for Maphis as well.
“We’re looking for both of them,” Triggs said at the time. “They’re both in that car. He’s not authorized to be in that vehicle, so yes, we’re looking for both of them.”
Smith said the case is still being investigated and Maphis is set for a preliminary hearing on July 21.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 1928, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.