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Eric Shotwell

Eric Shotwell

Stark County, Ohio — Eric T. Shotwell — the 41-year-old Minerva, Ohio, man charged with the kidnapping, assault and rape of a 14-year-old West Plains, Mo., girl — could be indicted here in the next four to eight weeks.
A spokesman for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas told the Hill ’n Holler Review that Shotwell has been bound over to the Grand Jury and could be indicted within that time frame.
Shotwell, who is being held on $500,000 bond in the Stark County Jail, is accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl he reportedly made contact with through the smartphone app “SayHi”. Shotwell had been holding the young girl at his home in the modus operandi of a “collector”.
The juvenile went missing from her West Plains home on March 11 and was found at Shotwell’s Minerva, Ohio, home on March 17 after her mother first received a text message and then a phone call from the girl.
Ohio prosecutors charge that she “had been held against her will” and had been repeatedly raped, injured and beat by Shotwell.
Shotwell is currently represented by a public defender.
So far, Howell County, Mo., has not filed charges against Shotwell.
Hill ’n Holler staff report

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