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Court tells man to stop stalling

March 2, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer told a man suspected of child molesting he would have to quit dragging his feet and face trial.
“This case will be tried on the court’s schedule, not on yours,” said Heuer to Ronald A. Rostochak in court Feb. 22.
Rostochak has been awaiting trial for child molesting, a Class A felony and sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class B felony, since late 2009.
Since then, the court has granted Rostochak several continuances for pre-trial conferences and trials and Rostochak himself has been represented by five different attorneys.
In court Feb. 22, Heuer set the trial date for June 7. The prosecution was represented by D.J. Sigler.
Heuer asked Sigler if the state had any comments and Sigler replied “I have a multitude of things to say, your honor, but will reserve them for the trial.”
Rostochak is accused of having sex with a girl younger than 14 years old between September and December of 2007.
A warrant was issued for his arrest Nov. 25, 2009.
His first attorney was Jeff Arnold. Travis Friend took over the case and the defendant was scheduled for trial July 13, 2010.
The jury trial was reset for Oct. 26, 2010 and on Oct. 15, Robert E. Love filed his appearance as Rostochak’s attorney.
Love withdrew on Feb. 16 and Rostochak was assigned public defender Anthony Churchward on Feb. 22.
Churchward was replaced by Richard J. Thornert on Feb. 24.


I see no where in this story

March 4, 2011 by Observer (not verified), 4 years 21 weeks ago
Comment: 3172

I see no where in this story where it says the man was convicted of these things or that he did them. The only questionable phrase is that he is "awaiting trial for child molesting." The word "for" implies he did it, but nothing else comes close to "convicting" him. Did you even read the story?

Court tells man to stop stalling

March 2, 2011 by k.hannah (not verified), 4 years 21 weeks ago
Comment: 3168

I think that the paper needs to get their stories straight before publishing them. The Post & Mail needs to quit convicting these people in the paper.


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