Gilboa man pleads not guilty to sex charges
Monday, December 30, 2013 6:59 AM
GILBOA - Gary Badertscher, Gilboa, pled not guilty Monday to 46 sex charges, including compulsion to involuntary servitude, endangering children, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, and pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor and illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.The charges included four counts of endangering children, one count of compulsion to involuntary servitude, two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, six counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, and 33 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance.
Court-appointed attorney Matthew Mitchell (right), talks to Gary Badertscher during Badertscher's arraignment on Monday for 46 sex charges. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Court records indicate the compulsion to involuntary servitude incident, a felony of the first degree, occurred in July 2012.
The charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, a felony of the fifth degree, occurred between April 2012 and June 2012. The juvenile involved was reported to have been 17 at the time of the incident.
The charge of endangering children, a felony of the second degree, involved a 14-year old juvenile. Both juveniles were not children of Badertscher.
Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger set bail at $100,000 for Badertscher. His pre-trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Jan. 15.
Badertscher filed a affidavit of indigence and has a court-appointed attorney.