Internet sex suspect also faces drug charges

Tuesday, August 25, 1998

BY JANICE MORSE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

OXFORD -- An Oxford man charged in an Internet sex scheme, in which he allegedly tried to persuade a Columbus-area girl to have sex with him last week, has been charged with six drug charges stemming from a search of his apartment.

Mark William Maxwell, 27, was charged Monday with five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and a count of possession of drugs, said Oxford Police Detective Sgt. John F. Buchholz. Authorities say they seized about 3 pounds of marijuana from Mr. Maxwell's Locust Street apartment, in a search after his arrest Thursday in the Columbus suburb of Worthington.

Police also confiscated his computer and pornographic magazines. As of Monday, no child pornography had been found, Sgt. Buchholz said.

Mr. Maxwell's bond was set at $75,000, but he was released Saturday after a relative posted at least 10 percent of that amount, Worthington police said.

Police say they took Mr. Maxwell into custody after he drove to a Worthington ice cream parlor to meet a 13-year-old girl whom he "met" over the Internet. Saying he was 19 and named Tom, Mr. Maxwell allegedly asked the girl for sex. He was charged with attempted corruption of a minor, a felony that carries a sentence of six to 12 months and a fine of $2,500.

He also faces additional sentences totaling more than five years and fines exceeding $10,000 if convicted of the drug charges. Authorities in Oxford and the Columbus area have set his next court appearances for the same date -- Friday. As of late Monday, it was unclear whether one of the dates would be changed.

Repeated messages left for his attorney, Clayton Napier, were not returned.

An indecency charge also is pending against Mr. Maxwell in Hamilton Municipal Court. That charge stems from a July 1 incident involving a 15-year-old girl.

Last fall, he was convicted of disorderly conduct in Oxford after he allegedly behaved inappropriately in front of two 12-year-old girls, police said.



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