LIMA — Scott Steffes, a Lima man facing 62 sex-related charges, waived his right to a speedy trial during a brief hearing held Monday afternoon.
Steffes, 38, has been charged with two counts of rape, 25 counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, 28 counts of sexual battery, six counts of felonious assault and a single count of tampering with evidence.
Judge Jeffrey Reed reviewed what the waiver of rights meant with Steffes during his hearing and set a potential court date of Jan. 19.
Steffes’s co-defendant in the case, Jeremy Kindle, 35, of Elida, has been charged with 11 counts of rape, 11 counts of sexual battery, six counts of felonious assault, 17 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, 18 counts of sexual battery and single counts of felonious assault and tampering with evidence.
The indictments against Steffes and Kindle allege the two had engaged in sexual conduct with two minors over a series of incidents taking place from 2016 to 2018. Their arrests and the charges filed against them also indirectly led to three employees of the Allen County Children Services, including its executive director, being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.