Judge grants release of convicted sexual predator

GREENVILLE – Convicted sexual predator Scotty J. Reineke, 34, was issued judicial release during a video conference with Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein on Wednesday.

In 2015, Reineke was indicted and pleaded guilty to five of 11 counts, which included several counts of pandering obscenities involving a minor.

The charges stem from Reineke allegedly soliciting sexual- oriented content online, as well as online contact with two minors.

He was previously convicted and served two separate terms in prison for more serious sexually-oriented behavior.

After hearing from both Reineke’s attorney, an assistant prosecutor and questioning Reineke via video, Hein said “we’re going to take a chance at this,” referring to an early release.

Reineke, who has served nearly half of a four-year, 11-month sentence in the Chillicothe Correctional Institute, was ordered by Hein to complete five years of community control sanctions, which will include 100 hours of community service, no contact with anyone under the age of 18, no Internet, cell phone or computer access, no drug or alcohol use.

Reineke also must find employment and complete sex offender counseling.

Reineke admitted during the video hearing he had not completed any sex offender counseling programs while being incarcerated.

Assistant Prosecutor Deborah S. Quigley voiced concern that Reineke be allowed early release.

“To release the defendant early after serving just two and a half years of his prison sentence would demean the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct in this case,” she said. “This was Reineke’s third sexually- oriented conviction and the defendant is clearly a sexual predator.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Scotty Reineke

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