Man bound over to grand jury on sex charge
LISBON – A man accused of unlawful sexual acts with a 13-year-old boy at the Salem Memorial Building waived his rights to a preliminary hearing in Columbiana County Municipal Court Thursday.
Eric S. Holsinger, 51, last known address Dyke Road, Rogers, remains in custody, charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Judge Carol Robb left Holsinger’s bond at $100,000 cash or surety, despite his request for three days so he could move his belongings into storage.
His defense attorney, Connie Witt, pointed out Holsinger has always appeared for court hearings, except once when he claimed he had a transportation issue. However, Assistant County Prosecutor Megan Payne pointed out Holsinger has a prior sexual-related conviction.
According to Detective David Talbert, the prior incident on Holsinger’s record was a rape charge in Beaver Falls, Pa., in 1985, which was later reduced to an indecent assault conviction.
“It’s this court’s job to protect the residents of the county,” Robb said when she denied Holsinger’s request for release.
Holsinger is accused of two different sexual acts with a 13-year-old boy in the bathroom of the Salem Memorial Building in December, when the teen was there with his family attending the Banquet, a weekly free meal provided at the facility on Monday evenings.
The boy disclosed what had happened to his family after they had returned home and was checked at Akron Children’s Hospital, where evidence reportedly was found which confirmed the boy’s story.
After waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, Holsinger was bound over to the Columbiana County grand jury. If indicted on the charge, Holsinger faces a third-degree felony and up to 60 months in prison if convicted. However, Talbert has indicted additional evidence may be presented to the grand jury leading to additional charges.
Another person bound over to the grand jury in Robb’s court Thursday was Cynthia King, 29, Waynesburg, Pa., who is charged with aggravated vehicular assault.
King also waived her right to a preliminary hearing, but asked Robb for the process to be explained so she and two others there in the courtroom to support her could better understand the process of what was happening. Robb told King the hearing on Thursday was not to determine if she was innocent or guilty, only if there was probable cause enough for the evidence to be presented to the grand jury.
According to court documents, King was charged with the fifth-degree aggravated vehicular assault after she was allegedly involved in a head-on collision on June 29, 2012 on state Route 172 in West Township. According to the highway patrol, King allegedly had marijuana metabolite in her system when she went left of center resulting in serious injuries to Agnes Yatsko, 54; Randall Dykes, 35; and Rebecca Dykes, 34.
King remains free on bond.