Workman trial set for Monday

A Montezuma man currently being held in the Lucas County Jail in Toledo is schedule to begin a trial by judge in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court on Aug. 11.

Timothy S. Workman, 44, was originally arrested on Sept. 30, 2013, at a motel in St. Marys for sexually oriented offenses involving minors occurring throughout the 2013 year in Wapakoneta.

Workman, who is facing 78 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented performance or material and one count of tampering with evidence in Auglaize County. In Mercer County he faces chargers for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempting to commit an offense, four counts of promoting prostitution and 10 counts of tampering with evidence.

In addition, Workman is also facing a federal case in the U.S. District Court in Toledo for possessing firearms and ammunition. Due to previous felony convictions for aggravated robbery in Ohio, Workman is prohibited from possessing weapons.

In July, Workman’s defense attorney, Ralph A. Bauer, moved that the court suppress evidence, alleging a ScanDisk card was obtained from Workman’s vehicle without a search warrant. The card, which is 32-gigabytes, contains images of naked, teenage girls, and Bauer approached Auglaize County Judge Frederick Pepple to suppress the card. The defense is saying the van in which the card was found was legally parked.

Wapakoneta Police Detective Patrick Green told the court the warrant did not initially include the card, as it was hidden in an adapter and was not discovered until it reached the forensic lab in Lima. It was also claimed the van was impounded for probable cause.

Workman has pleaded innocent to all charges against him is being held on $500,000 bond, and faces a maximum of 354 years in prison if he is found guilty for the charges taking place in Auglaize County.
Pepple is expected to make a decision before the trial is set to begin on Aug. 11.