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Assault suspect indicted

Library employee allegedly attacked

An Ironton man who allegedly attacked a Briggs Lawrence County Public Library employee in January was indicted this week by a grand jury.

Seth D. Coleman, 22, of 918 Adams St., was formally charged with a second-degree count of felonious assault for the alleged incident that occurred on Jan. 15.

According to the indictment, Coleman used scissors as a weapon.

On the day of the incident, a library employee reported to police that a male had come into her office and attempted to assault her. The man allegedly fled and was found two weeks later in a hospital in Morehead, Kentucky.

Coleman is being held in the Lawrence County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

In an unrelated case, a Chesapeake man was indicted on multiple sex crimes.

Franklin S. Woods, 34, of 227 Township Road 130A, was indicted on five counts of first-degree rape, four counts of fourth-degree gross sexual imposition, four counts of third-degree sexual imposition, three counts of second-degree sexual battery and one count of third-degree sexual battery.

According to each charge in the indictment, there was one victim and the crimes allegedly occurred from August 2010 through as late as Nov. 16. 2015. Several of the charges listed the victim as less than 13 years old.

Woods pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Judge Charles Cooper continued bond, which had been set at an arraignment in December on a separate indictment of third-degree gross sexual imposition.

Woods previously posted the bond of $60,000 cash or surety, $40,000 property, $100,000 own-recognizance, GPS monitoring and house arrest.

Other indictments, according to the office of Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson, are:

• Tyler C. Denney, 29, of 621 S. Eighth St. Apt. D, Ironton, two counts of burglary, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence;

• Clarence P. Bryant, 35, of 2502 S. Seventh St., Ironton, theft;

• Crystal A. Settles, 35, of 4632 Jared Court, Catlettsburg, Kentucky, theft of drugs;

• Robert A. Kennard, 38, of 148 Camelot Court, Russell, Kentucky, failure to appear;

• Lexy J. Burns, 24, of 6380 Lafayette Plain City Road, London, trafficking in drugs, receiving stolen property;

• Matthew Carey, 27, of 6609 County Road 1, South Point, burglary;

• Justin Hargis, 34, of 807 Rockwood Ave., Chesapeake, complicity to burglary, theft from the elderly;

• Jessica L. Waggoner, 38, of Fourth St. W. at Davidson, South Point, possession of a controlled substance;

• Frederick D. Martin, 43, of 8250 County Road 1, South Point, rape;

• Brian C. Layne, 30, of 106 Freeman Court, South Point, burglary;

• Elizabeth C. Long, 38, of 528 N. High St., Huntington, theft.

There were also eight secret indictments.

An indictment is a formal allegation that a person has committed a crime. The accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.