January 04, 2005

Former pastor faces more sex charges

Cincinnati Enquirer

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

MAINEVILLE - A former Maineville pastor accused of sexually abusing two young members of his church was indicted on additional charges, including rape, authorities said Monday.

C. Steven Harmon, 57, was indicted on nine counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of rape. The charges relate to two victims.

A Warren County grand jury issued the indictments Thursday, but officials made them public Monday.

The additional charges do not involve more victims, Warren County Prosecutor Rachel Hutzel said.

In the new charges, Harmon is accused of having sexual contact with a person under the age of 13 nine separate times as well as engaging in sexual conduct with a person under 13 at least once, according to the indictment.

A Warren County grand jury first indicted Harmon in October on two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual imposition.

"We found additional information in preparation for trial," Hutzel said, discussing the new charges.

Posted by kshaw at January 4, 2005 08:33 AM