ATHENS, Ohio – On May 7, 2020, Investigators from the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, following up on an investigation by the Athens County Sheriff’s Office/Athens County Children Services, and with assistance from the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, located and arrested Joshua Wayne Weaver, 40, of Carbon Hill, Ohio, for Rape and Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor.
Prosecutor’s staff located Weaver at his work, conducted a search of a Carbon Hill home, arranged for a forensic exam of the victim, and recovered evidence of the alleged crime.
“Chief Investigator Jay Barrett, Investigators Reuben Kittle, Trent Eskey and Chuck Love, as well as Assistant County Prosecutor Glenn Jones, learned of the allegations and sprung to action. They located, interviewed and arrested the suspect within seven (7) hours and helped save a young victim who was at risk prior to their actions, notifying her mother of the situation.”
Weaver appeared via video from the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail before Judge Grace of the Athens County Municipal Court on May 8, 2020. Judge Grace set bond in the amount of $ 1,000,000.00 (one million dollars), cash or surety and ordered that Weaver have no contact with the victim, the victim’s mother or any individual under the age of eighteen (18).
Weaver is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Athens County Municipal Court on May 15, 2020.
Hocking County Children Services assisted our office with providing service to the victim.