February 08, 2005

Pastor pleads innocent to sex abuse

The Advocate

Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- A Hebron pastor accused of sexually abusing two sisters pleaded innocent in court Monday and received a stiff bond at the request of a prosecutor who claimed he is a flight risk.

Lonny "Joe" Aleshire Jr., 503 E. Main St., Hebron, pleaded innocent to 10 sex-abuse charges -- seven felonies and three misdemeanors -- in an arraignment before Common Pleas Magistrate C. Daniel Hayes.

Aleshire's lawyer David Stansbury hoped the magistrate would maintain Aleshire's $250,000 bond because of his connection to the community and lack of prior criminal history.

Hayes adjusted the bond to $500,000 after Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Melinda Seeds expressed her concern that Aleshire could flee if released, a claim Stansbury denies.

"Mr. Aleshire has substantial ties to the community and has every intention of staying here and addressing the allegations," Stansbury said.

Posted by kshaw at February 8, 2005 12:30 PM