Huber Heights child sex case: Suspect makes first court appearance

UPDATE @ 8:39 a.m. (Sept. 6):

John Franz was arraigned in Montgomery County court Thursday morning.

A judge set the 67-year-old’s bond at $500,000.

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m. (Sept. 5):  At least one of the alleged victims in the child sex case against 67-year-old John Franz lived in his Huber Heights neighborhood, police said Wednesday.

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And last October, one of the five females said to have been his victims came forward, police said, and disclosed to them the names of several other possible victims.

Franz, arrested Tuesday night outside his address on Leycross Drive, remains in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Huber Heights police Sgt. Charles Taylor said an incident report was first filed in April 2012 accusing Franz of the sex crimes, but there was not enough evidence to move the case forward. 

He was not able to say what happened to change the status in the case that lead to an indictment from a Montgomery County grand jury and the issuing of an arrest warrant on Tuesday.

Taylor said police opened a second case involving Franz in October 2017 that involved multiple alleged victims.

According to the county prosecutor’s office, the five female victims in the cases were not related to Franz, who faces 14 counts of gross sexual imposition of a child, four counts of rape (involving a child) and one count of attempt to commit sexual imposition, according to court records.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m. (Sept. 4): 

John Franz has been booked into jail on felony and misdemeanor charges, according to the Montgomery County Jail website. 

John Franz/MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

He is being detained on warrants accusing him of rape, gross sexual imposition and misdemeanor attempted sexual imposition. 

He was arrested outside his address, in the 6500 block of Leycross Drive in Huber Heights. 

WHIO-TV's Lauren Clark, while trying to interview neighbors for a news story about Franz and the criminal charges filed against him, noticed a man who fit Franz's description. She dialed 911 and alerted Huber Heights police that a man wearing a brown T-shirt, whom she believed was Franz, was walking across the street. 

Police arrived minutes later and arrested the man.

UPDATE @ 8 p.m. (Sept. 4): 

John Franz has been taken into custody by police, across the street from his home in Huber Heights.

INITIAL REPORT (Sept. 4)

A Huber Heights man accused of committing sex offenses against five children over the past decade is facing more than a dozen charges, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

John Franz, 67, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday and an arrest warrant has been issued. Franz was not in custody Tuesday afternoon.

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Franz faces 14 counts of gross sexual imposition of a child, four counts of rape of a child and one count of attempt to commit sexual imposition, according to court records.

In late October, a girl said Franz had sexually assaulted her, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

The alleged offenses were said to have happened at Franz’s home over the last 15 years and involved girls aged from pre-teen to about 15, prosecutors said.

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One girl told investigators the names of other possible victims, and investigators said they believe Franz sexually assaulted at least five girls, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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