By Clinton Randall firstname.lastname@example.org
January 17, 2014
GREENVILLE - A 19-year-old Greenville graduate was sentenced to a month in jail and probation after being convicted of a felony sex charge with a minor.
Zachary A. Geiger, formerly of Wayne Lakes, appeared for sentencing in the Darke County Common Pleas Court Friday morning with his defense attorney David A. Rohrer of Greenville.
Geiger was originally indicted on three counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor, but pleaded guilty in November 2013 as part of the states agreement to dismiss two of the fourth degree felony counts.
A pre-sentence investigation revealed that Geiger has a history of drug use since the age of 13, which includes Heroin.
“I just tried all those drugs, but I’m not a drug addict,” Geiger said to Judge Jonathan P. Hein.
“I really don’t think the MonDay Program would do me any good,” he continued. “I moved to Richmond, Ind. for a chance at a change and if I could find something there to help me with recovery that would be better than the MonDay I think.”
“He has been doing really good and trying,” Geiger’s mom answered when asked by Judge Hein how he does at home. “Me and my husband help him out and try to put him on the right path.”
Geiger has a juvenile record in both Darke and Miami County where he has spent time in the Michael’s Resource & Treatment Center and the West Central Juvenile Detention Center.
“I don’t like the attitude on your face,” Judge Hein said after Geiger stated he was in a ‘bad mood today’. “I’m not sure the MonDay Program can fix attitude and mood. You have had time in West Central and the Michael’s home to work on your attitude. How long are you going to let that stinking attitude get in your own way?”
“You are an adult, so you got to own what is going on here,” Judge Hein added.
“We see justification for conduct and blame shifting which is all over your case. You just got to not do that in the future and I’m not going to hear it in the future since you got the talk today.” Judge Hein concluded.
In addition to 30 days in jail, Geiger will be placed on probation for up to 60 months and is ordered to complete 80 hours of community service. He is also required to register as a Tier I sex offender for 15 years and is ordered to take a sex offender risk reduction program and not have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without another adult present. He faces a sentence of 15 months if he fails to comply with the court orders.
Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Deborah S. Quigley handled the case for the state.