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'Immediate need' for treatment leads to transfer of accused child molester

A The Plains man charged with molesting two children in 2009 has been transferred to Athens Behavioral Health Center for court-ordered treatment.

David R. Hartzog, 39, was charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition after he allegedly performed oral sex on a 3-year-old boy and fondled a 9-year-old girl, according to a previous Post article.

Hartzog’s attorney, William Biddlestone, filed for a second evaluation of Hartzog’s sanity and competency to stand trial on Aug. 15, 2011.

An entry was filed last Thursday stating that Hartzog has an “immediate need for inpatient hospitalization” based on a report by a court-appointed doctor, according to court documents. 

He was transferred from Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail to the center this past Thursday.

Hartzog was being held at the jail on $1 million bond. He was arrested after Utah law enforcement officers tipped off the Athens County Sheriff’s Office about his alleged possession of child pornography.

Gross sexual imposition is a third-degree felony. Hartzog could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of $30,000 if convicted, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

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