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Salem men charged with child sex crimes

October 2, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - Two Salem men charged with unrelated sex-oriented crimes involving children were served secret indictments this weekend, charges issued by the Columbiana County grand jury last week.

Roger L. Gonda, 64, Franklin Street, Salem, is charged with two counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of importuning. The charges are all third degree felonies.

Assistant County Prosecutor Timothy McNicol said Gonda is accused of incidents involving a girl he had access to through his position at Southeast Friends Church in Salem. Gonda was not the pastor of the church, which is an Evangelical Friends Church located on Franklin Avenue.

McNicol added there is concern because Gonda still had access to more children at the church.

"Anyone with any other information should contact the Salem Police Department," McNicol urged.

The Salem Police Department can be reached at 330-337-7811.

According to court documents, in June and July Gonda allegedly had sexual

contact with the girl, who was younger than 13. Additionally, he reportedly also had sexual contact with her on July 29 and solicited her to engage in sexual activity with him.

The church is located about eight blocks from Gonda's apartment.

In an unrelated case, James M. Houshour II, 20, East Third Street, Salem, is charged with four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. According to court documents, Houshour is accused of sexual conduct with a girl older than 13 and less than 16.

The sexual acts allegedly occurred on June 29, July 13 and on two other unknown dates in July. The charges are fourth-degree felonies.

Additionally, Matthew J. Crowl, 34, last known address South Lundy Avenue, Salem, was served an indictment for two counts of failure to appear on a recognizance bond. According to court documents, Crowl failed to appear in Common Pleas Court at status conferences for a possession of drugs charge on both June 18 and Aug. 27.



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