Rapist pleads guilty

Cary Ashby • Nov 14, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Prosecutors dismissed nearly 30 felonies Tuesday in exchange for a defendant pleading guilty to a first-degree felony.

Elias B. Atkinson, 28, of North Columbus, will be sentenced Jan. 24 for one count of rape. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed multiple felonies: Nine counts of rape, 10 charges of gross sexual imposition, four counts of kidnapping and six charges of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. Atkinson also faced two charges each of pandering obscenity involving a minor and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor and one count each of sexual battery and importuning.

All the rape charges are in connection with offenses between about Jan. 1 through May 22 involving victims who were ages 6; 3 to 4; and 5 at the time, according to Atkinson’s indictment. They also come with the specification that he is a “sexually violent predator” and the kidnapping charges carry a specification that Atkinson reportedly “committed the offense with a sexual motivation.”

Atkinson has been in the Huron County Jail since May 22, unable to post a $250,000 bond.

In another Huron County Common Pleas Court case, Seferino Maltos, 23, whose address was unavailable, was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison. Judge Jim Conway ordered the term to be run consecutively to his current incarceration on previous local charges.

Maltos, in early July, received a sentence of four years and 11 months for one count each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, having weapons under disability, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools. In exchange, prosecutors dismissed nearly 10 felonies.

The judge ordered ordered Maltos to forfeit a vehicle and $12,284. He also must reimburse the Huron County Sheriff’s Office $80 for drug testing.

Before his arrest in late January, he was wanted by authorities for about six months. The sheriff’s office, Willard Police Department and U.S. Marshal Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Maltos in Toledo.

Maltos failed to appear in court in July 2017 and authorities subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest. However, after receiving that warrant, he fled from the Willard area. Sheriff’s Detective Ted Evans has said that once local authorities started working with the U.S. Marshals to locate him, they found more information and the investigation led them to Toledo.

The defendant’s information was published in one of the Reflector’s fugitive roundups, asking anyone with information to inform authorities. Maltos was the second such fugitive who was found after information was published in this paper.

In other hearings: 

• Justin S. Dobias, 39, most recently of 3426 Greenwich-Angling Road, Greenwich, pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of breaking and entering and possession of heroin. He was sentenced to three years of intensive probation for the two charges plus two additional counts of possession of drugs and one misdemeanor charge each of operating a vehicle under the influence and physical control while under the influence.

Dobias must complete a four- to six-month term in a community-based correctional facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. Also during his probation, he must pay a $525 fine. Conway suspended the defendant’s driver’s license for three years and gave him a 90-day discretionary sentence. His probation officer can impose part or all of the time without a hearing.

• Randi N. Mosley, 31, of Shiloh, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated trafficking in drugs. She is out on bond, with a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 24. 

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