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Eric Coyle



On Wednesday March 13, 2019, Eric T. Coyle (26 of Circleville) was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus 5 years post release control by Judge P. Randall Knece of the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court. This sentence comes after Mr. Coyle pled guilty in January 2019 to 22 counts of Pandering Obscenities Involving a Minor, all felonies of the 2nd degree. As part of the sentencing, Mr. Coyle must register as a Tier II sexual offender for 25 years after he is released from prison.

Today’s sentencing ends one part of a lengthy investigation which began July of 2018 and culminated in the residential search warrant and arrest of Mr. Coyle on September 27, 2018. Over the course of this investigation more than 13 search warrants were executed which led to investigations in another state and another country.

We would especially like to thank the Franklin County Sheriff's Office ICAC Task Force, the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office and the Major County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma for all their assistance with this investigation. The Circleville Police Department in conjunction with the Pickaway County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to investigate these cases and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

As a community, we must work together to keep our children safe. Please put parental controls in place to keep your children safe and talk to your kids about the dangers of the Internet. Know who they’re talking to and what cellphone applications they are using. Lastly, if you believe your child may be the victim of an internet crime please contact the Circleville Police Department at (740) 474-8888.


Conviction of Jvon Stapleton
February 22, 2019

This afternoon the Pickaway County Common Pleas Court jury delivered a conviction of 41 felony counts on Jvon Stapleton for sex crimes mainly involving child pornography. He was sentenced to 32 ½ years in prison and 4 ½ years post release control. Upon release, he will be required to register as a Tier III sex offender for the remainder of his natural life.

This verdict finalizes an extensive investigation by Det. Daniel Maher Jr. of the Circleville Police Department. Det. Maher is a task force officer of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office ICAC Task Force as well as being affiliated with the US Secret Service and credentialed by the US Marshals.

Chief Shawn Baer stated he is extremely pleased with the verdict. “Criminals such as this have no place in our community and we will continue to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”