The boyfriend of a Middletown woman missing for more than two months was indicted Wednesday by a Butler County grand jury for promoting prostitution.
Eric Sexton, 48, of Wilshire Drive in Franklin, was arrested by Middletown police last month shortly after he reported Lindsay Bogan, 30, missing.
Sexton allegedly confessed to the crime to police.
Sexton reported Bogan missing Sept. 14 and said he last saw her the day before getting into a silver Dodge Durango with a stranger at the corner of Central Avenue and Baltimore Street in downtown Middletown. Sexton said he and Bogan, the mother of their 9-month-old daughter, were planning to get married. The baby is staying with Sexton’s cousin, he said.
“We had so many plans together,” Sexton said last week before his arrest. “She was the happiest she had ever been. I treated her like a queen. You can’t treat anyone better than I treated her. We were together for three years, the most amazing three years of my life.”
Sexton told the Journal-News that Bogan wasn’t a prostitute, but when he reported her missing to Middletown police, he said they “engaged in prostitution” activity, according to the report.
He voluntarily submitted to a polygraph on Sept. 24, and told police that when Bogan engaged in prostitution he held the money she made, according to search warrant documents. He told police after her disappearance that he placed her possessions in his mother’s vehicle and stored them in his mother’s home.
Bogan’s grandmother, Opal Bogan, said she was relieved that Sexton was indicted, but wished he had been arrested before they met.
“He never should have got a hold of her,” said Bogan, who lives in Tennessee but also has a home in West Carrollton. “He was bad news.”
Sexton is housed in the Butler County Jail in lieu of a $50,00 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court before Judge Jennifer McElfresh.
Middletown Maj. Mark Hoffman said detectives are continuing to follow up on leads about Bogan.
At this point, Hoffman said they do not know if Bogan is alive or dead, but he said information they have received is “all over the place.”
“She is not in trouble. One theory is she is hiding because she thinks she is in trouble,” Hoffman said. “We would just like to talk to her. We have no intention of charging her with anything.”
Anyone with information about Bogan’s whereabouts is asked to call Lt. Jim Cunningham and 513-425-7747.
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