A Scioto County woman who made headlines when she went to jail for not revealing the whereabouts of her child in 2009 and 2010 has been indicted on eight charges in an unrelated case.
Cherish Lewis, 24, of Wheelersburg is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, a count each of burglary, theft, identity fraud, telecommunication fraud, forgery and misuse of a credit card.
Detective Matt Spencer of the Scioto County Sheriffs Office conducted a lengthy investigation, and, from that Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said that between Aug. 3 and Aug. 21, 2011, items were taken from the home of the victims, Giovanni and Loretta Settonni, on Havenwood Drive, Wheelersburg.
The deputy was advised by the homeowners that someone had burglarized the home, some time when they were gone, between Aug. 3 and Aug. 21, Kuhn said. The homeowner stated that the windows in their kitchen were up, but they never unlocked those windows or any other windows. They stated that nothing was broken to enter the house. Every room in the house had things missing.
Kuhn said the Sheriffs report lists about $50,000 worth of stolen property, including a large amount of jewelry.
The allegation is that a house-sitter gave people access to come in and take things while they were out of town, Kuhn said. Detective Spencer went through surveillance video where the (stolen) charge cards were used at different places here and in Kentucky. It was the house sitter. Kuhn did not identify which of the defendants was the house sitter.
Lewis is the only one of the defendants who has a court date set. She is set for a hearing on Oct. 27.
Co-defendants in the case are Kurtis M. Cassady, 23, of Wheelersburg, who faces the same charges, with the addition of tampering with evidence; Kyle Cassady, 25, of Lucasville, who is charged with identity fraud, receiving stolen property, telecommunication fraud, forgery, misuse of a credit card and theft; Rachel D. Gayheart-Mullins, 28, of Wheelersburg, charged with burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property; and Laura Jane Flannery, 28, of Wheelersburg, who faces charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property. Kuhn said warrants have been issued for the four. One other person has yet to be charged.
Lewis was incarcerated from July 24, 2009, until March 11, 2010, when she reportedly refused to tell the court where her daughter, Jaelyn Rice, was. The father had custody of the child, who was not returned after a visitation period. The child, who had early been listed on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, was later turned over to her father, Steven Rice.
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