GREENVILLE — A Greenville man will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty to secretly taking nude photos of his domestic partner’s teenage daughter.
Denville Boseke, 32, appeared for sentencing in Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday. He was found guilty on a charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a second-degree felony, as part of a plea agreement with Darke County prosecutors.
Boseke, represented by attorney Scott Kelly, did not speak in his own defense. Kelly asked the court to sentence Boseke to community control. Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deb Quigley did not make a sentencing recommendation, deferring judgement to the court.
Boseke’s partner of eight years, Michelle Smith, as well as the victim, both read statements to the court.
“Denville has victimized four children, including his own son,” Smith told Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein. “These children will continue to be affected by Denville’s actions. This is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. They will have trust issues when it comes to anyone that comes into their lives because they were violated by a man that they believed to be their dad. Denville destroyed a family of six.”
The victim told the court she remains fearful of her privacy, saying, “Denville has destroyed my life.”
Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Boseke to two years in prison, minus two days served, three years of post-release community control, and court costs. He will be required to register as a Tier 2 Sex Offender upon release from prison, lasting 25 years.
Four others were also sentenced in Common Pleas Court Monday.
RODNEY ABNEY – AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR ASSAULT
Rodney Abney, 24, of Bradford, was sentenced to 60 days in the Darke County Jail, with work release, and five years of community control.
He pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), a first-degree misdemeanor, following a Nov. 24, 2015, car accident which seriously injured Cierra Wolfe of Greenville.
Assistant Prosecutor Quigley recommended the court sentence Abney to 180 days in jail on the first count, five years of probation, including $200 restitution per month during probation, and a two-year license suspension. On the drunk-driving charge, Quigley asked for 90 days in Darke County Jail (87 days suspended), a $650 fine, and a two-year license suspension.
Jose Lopez, Abney’s defense attorney, asked the court for a lower sentence of 60 days in jail with work release.
“This really was an aberration,” Lopez said. “He has no traffic record, no criminal history, accepted full responsibility the minute he was charged, and has made no attempt to avoid responsibility for this incident. He knows what he did was wrong.”
Wolfe addressed the court, detailing in tears the injuries she suffered, saying, “I’ve had a lot taken away from me, when none of that ever had to be. This car accident was a hundred-percent avoidable. I want to leave here today with some justice, because what I had to go through matters, and it should matter to everyone in this courtroom today.”
In addition to 60 days in jail, Abney was also sentenced to pay $1,992.33 in restitution for Wolfe’s out-of-pocket medical costs, court costs, and a $1,000 fine. He also must serve 100 hours of community service and received a one-year license suspension, allowing him to drive only for work-related purposes.
WESLEY HOBBS – ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION
Greenville resident Wesley Hobbs, 45, was sentenced to 60 days in jail for attempted abduction, a fourth-degree felony.
Hobbs was charged for a January 16 incident in which he and other adults participated in a high-speed chase to track down a car with four teenagers who had yelled racial slurs at him while driving past his home.
Other adults involved include Robert Cates, who was sentenced August 4 to 120 days in jail for his role in the incident, and Brent Perry, who has yet to be tried.
Prosecutor Ormsby asked the court to impose 120 days in jail, five years probation and restitution, saying the adults involved “overreacted.”
Defense attorney Randall Breaden agreed that Hobbs had overreacted, but called the prospect of a 120-day sentence “excessive,” saying there were mitigating circumstances for Hobbs’ actions.
“For nine months Mr. Hobbs incurred harassment from students of the Greenville High School, consisting of setting his lawn on fire, actually having to have the fire department come down because a pipe bomb had been thrown into his yard, it had to be defused…graffiti sprayed upon the buildings, harassing comments being made that were racial in nature,” said Breaden.
“Mr. Hobbs made numerous complaints to the Greenville Police Department. I have a stack of them right here. The Greenville Police Department basically said, ‘Unless you catch them, we can’t do anything with them,’” Breaden added.
“I just wanted everything to stop,” Hobbs told the court. “I begged the police to help me out. For nine months this went on. When my grand baby was born, when she was three days old, I don’t know who did it, they drove by and threw a rock through my window and glass went all over my granddaughter.”
“I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t go to the police and ask them for help anymore because they said they could help by doing extra drive arounds,” he added. “Well they never did that. I apologize for what I did, if I could take it back I would. I know I did wrong. I just wanted everything to stop.”
Hobbs was also sentenced to five years post-release community control, 75 hours community service, and was ordered to pay court costs and $1,000 in restitution.
ZACKARY WILKERSON – COCAINE POSSESSION
Zackary Wilkerson was sentenced to post-release community control for possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, after already serving 59 days of local jail time and several months from a previous indictment.
Earlier this year, Wilkerson, 21, of Greenville, pleaded guilty to the possession charge. While in jail, Wilkerson was enrolled in a recovery and wellness program. He was also sentenced to community service and court costs.
MISTY KARNES – VANDALISM
Misty Karnes, 39, of Rockville, Indiana, was sentenced to five years post-release community control for vandalism, a fifth-degree felony, for tampering with coin machines. She was also ordered to pay court costs, restitution and 75 hours community service.