WILMINGTON — Community controls were revoked and replaced by a 27-month prison term when a local man neither complied with a drug-testing program nor reported to his supervision officer.
Originally convicted of trafficking heroin in a 2015 case, Jeromy L. Clark, 36, of Wilmington committed forgery in spring 2016 while on community control and then also failed to appear for a required court hearing in fall 2016.
A warrant was issued for the apprehension of the defendant in January 2017 which was not executed until September 2018.
Non-prison, community control sanctions were originally granted Clark at a fall 2015 sentencing hearing, presided over by Judge William B. McCracken, retired. The defendant was placed under the supervision of the Clinton County Adult Probation Department to be monitored under its intense supervision plan.
Clark reportedly failed to report for his intake appointment that fall, followed by several failed attempts to contact him.
The recent court hearing where he was sent to prison was a sentencing judgment that consolidated the three cases of trafficking, forgery, and failing to appear. The hearing was presided by Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck.
The defendant was granted credit for 65 days served in incarceration on the trafficking case, for 24 days on the forgery case, and for 13 days served on the failure to appear case.
In the heroin trafficking case, Clark was ordered to reimburse the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force $30 for buy-money in an undercover purchase and $125 in lab fees to the task force. According to the home page of the task force’s website, the Greater Warren County Drug Task Force is responsible for assisting in drug enforcement in Warren County and Wilmington.
“These adjoining jurisdictions in southwest Ohio are sandwiched between Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, and bordered by Interstates 71 and 75. These two major interstate highways offer drug traffickers easy access to the area,” the website adds.
Upon release from state prison, Clark may be supervised by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for three years.
The original sale of heroin occurred on Jan. 22, 2015 and was done in the vicinity of a school, according to the indictment papers.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.