Saturday, April 21, 2001

Molestation case widens

5 more teen boys may be involved

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WAYNESVILLE — At least five more possible victims have surfaced in the investigation of a 24-year-old mother of two charged this month with molesting an adolescent boy, police said Friday.

        More charges involving teen-aged boys are expected against Hannah Furnace when police take their evidence before a Warren County grand jury on April 27, Waynesville Police Chief Allen Carter said.

        Police continue to interview possible victims from Ms. Furnace's High Street neighborhood, and are urging parents to call police if they think their children might have been involved.

        “I don't know if we'll have more. At this point, we hope not,” Chief Carter said. The investigation quickly reached such proportions that Waynesville has enlisted the help of Warren County child abuse investigator Rusty Teague.

        Police began looking into Ms. Furnace's activities April 7 when she was charged with corruption of a minor and gross sexual imposition — both felonies — and misdemeanor importuning (soliciting a juvenile for sex) of a 13-year-old boy.

        The charges were filed after police were called at midnight to check out suspicious activity in Quaker Cemetery on High Street. An officer found Ms. Furnace with three 13-year-old boys, Chief Carter said.

        Ms. Furnace is free on a $30,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

        Parents who think their children may be involved in the case can call Waynesville police at 897-8020 or Sheriff's Detective Rusty Teague at 695-1202.


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