LISBON - Columbiana County sheriff's deputies are looking for a Salem man who was sentenced in August to six months in the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center, but walked away about two months later.
Derrick Faulkner, 28, West Perry Street, Salem, was given a medical pass and left the EOCC on Oct. 4 to go to the dentist. He failed to return.
On Tuesday, Sheriff Ray Stone said deputies were speaking with others Faulkner may know in the Salem area. He is from Salem.
Faulkner pleaded guilty in April to receiving stolen property, three counts of forgery and one count of misuse of a credit card. Along with his parents, Faulkner was accused of taking about $20,000 from Henry Snell, an elderly man, utilizing stolen checks and a credit card.
Faulkner was sentenced in August to four years probation with the first six months to be served in the EOCC. At the time of sentencing, Faulkner's attorney, Douglas King, had agreed his client has a drug problem and simple probation would not be effective.
"I'm afraid if he walks out of this courtroom, he will forget he needs treatment," King said at the sentencing hearing in August. "I think the EOCC is tailor made for Mr. Faulkner. He needs treatment, but he also needs a facility where he is locked down and can't decide at a later time he no longer needs counseling."
Faulkner also admitted to having a long-term drug problem to Judge Scott Washam, but had asked for a second chance to seek help for his drug problems. Washam had warned him any probation violation this time would lead to a prison sentence.
Faulkner's father, Jack R. Faulkner Jr., 56, was sentenced to 11 months for his part of the theft. His mother, Linda Faulkner-Bowling, 51, also received probation.