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Gibbs opts for trial in exposure case

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By Susan Sharp

An Ohio man indicted by a Campbell County Grand Jury for indecent exposure and aggravated sexual battery plead not guilty in court Monday.

Raymond Gibbs, of Dayton, Oh, had been a no show at his preliminary hearing in general sessions court, said Assistant District Attorney Scarlet Ellis. When he failed to appear, the case was presented to the grand jury. It in turn indicted him.

“He was in custody in another state,” said Michael Hatmaker, who represents Gibbs, attempting to excuse his client’s absence.

Ellis said that information would need to be verified.

When she offered to discuss the case with Hatmaker in hopes of reaching a plea, he quickly said no opting for a trial.

During Labor Day weekend 2008, Gibbs is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual contact with a 6- year old child, the initial report of the incident said. While he was not a friend of the child’s mother, he was a friend of the family, sheriff’s Det. Richard Foschino said at the time. The relationship with the extended family is what helped him gain access into the child’s home, Foschino said.

When Gibbs was arrested at a Lake City home soon after a complaint was filed, police learned he was also wanted in Ohio for failing to pay child support, the report said.

Gibbs was given a trial date of May 29.