Two men answer sex charges in Van Wert courtroom


VAN WERT — Two men appeared in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court recently to answer to sex-related charges in unrelated cases.

Michael Closson, 69, of Delphos, withdrew his earlier plea and entered pleas of guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition, felonies of the third degree.

Judge Martin Burchfield ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Feb. 12.

William Crutchfield, 46, of Van Wert, pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, a first degree felony, and sexual imposition, a misdemeanor charge. He was released on a surety bond and was ordered to have no contact with the victim in the case.

A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Feb. 12.

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