Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Man indicted on drug charges

By Sheila McLaughlin, smclaughlin@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A former used car dealer who just finished probation for bilking customers is accused of passing 94 altered prescriptions over a two-year period to acquire painkillers and nerve pills.

        A Warren County grand jury indicted Steven Monce on Monday on seven charges of deception to obtain a dangerous drug and two counts of illegal processing of a drug document involving the drugs hydrocodone and Xanax. All charges are felonies.

        Detective Dennis Luken of the Warren County Drug Task Force said a drug investigation into another man led him to Mr. Monce, who admitted forging the prescriptions in the other man's name.

        “He said it was an associate that had done him wrong, so he was using his name to get back at him,” Detective Luken said.

        In September 1999, Mr. Monce and his wife, Dorothy, who operated the now-defunct Monce Auto Sales in Franklin, were placed on two years probation after pleading guilty to two counts each of selling cars without titles.

        The Monces of Middletown closed the used car business within days of selling the vehicles to nine customers, then filed bankruptcy. Authorities found that the Monces had illegally sold the cars because they were used as collateral on a loan from a financing company.

        In other grand jury action:

        • Benjamin Draut, 27, of Middletown was charged with burglary, abduction and attempted rape in a March 2 attack on a woman at Settler's Walk development in Springboro.

        He is accused of tricking the woman into unlocking the door of the clubhouse, where she was alone preparing for a party for his sister. The suspect barged in, kissed the woman and tried to pull her to the floor, Prosecutor Tim Oliver said. The woman pulled away and ran out of the building. He said the victim told police she did not know the suspect.

        • Timothy R. Humphrey, 21, of Lebanon was charged with two counts of child endangering for allegedly twisting his 16-month-old stepson's arm so hard it fractured and for causing “circular blister marks” on the child's hands and feet.

        County child abuse detectives began investigating Mr. Humphrey March 30, after the child was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for treatment of the injured arm.


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