OTTAWA — A Continental man who has been charged with seven counts of rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition waived his right to a speedy trial in Putnam County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.
Michael T. Huizenga, 51, is accused of having sexual contact with a juvenile less than 13 years old every year since 2013 in Putnam County.
Huizenga was previously represented by attorney Ian Weber in May. However, attorney E. Charles Bates is now representing him.
A trial date was originally scheduled for Aug. 26, but Bates requested additional time that was approved to allow for him to review the case.
The case has been pending since March and since the court will not be in the 270-day period for a speedy trial, Huizenga agreed to sign a judgment entry time waiver agreeing to waive his right to a speedy trial.
Putnam County Common Pleas Court Judge Keith Schierloh during Tuesday’s hearing said the trial date that was scheduled at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 will be converted to a full hearing for any motions and reports by either party to be discussed. Any aspects regarding any motions, expert reports and witnesses must be filed with the court by Nov. 1. The state of Ohio or defense must file an itemized list of motions and expectations they are asking from the court on or before Nov. 6.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Todd Schroeder said there has not been a trial date yet scheduled.
Huizenga has been ordered not to consume alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medications that has not been prescribed. He must submit to drug screening every Monday and Thursday, have no contact with the alleged victim and appear at all scheduled hearings.
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