Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman states that on Sunday, January 7, 2024 the 911 communication center received a call from a lady stating that her juvenile daughter and another juvenile had been sexually assaulted. The caller advised that both juveniles were under the age of 10.
Sheriff Thoroughman advised that a deputy, as well as a detective, responded to initiate the investigation. Detectives, working jointly with the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit, spoke with the victims and witnesses gathering information which led to a suspect’s identification.
Deputies responded to the alleged suspect’s residence located at 1250 Bihl Lane Apt 37 Wheelersburg, Ohio. The suspect was detained and questioned which led to the search of his apartment and the collection of evidence.
Arrested was Jonathan Andrew Gold, age 31 of Wheelersburg. Gold has been charged with 10 counts of Rape of a Child Under the age of 10, a felony of the 1st degree and one count of Pandering Obscenity Involving a Minor, a felony of the 2nd degree. Gold is being held on a $1,020,000 bond and will appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Monday, January 8, 2024.
Sheriff Thoroughman stated that this is an ongoing investigation that will result in more charges being presented at the Scioto County Grand Jury on a later date. Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Jodi Conkel @ 740-351-1091