Tea Party Candidate Accused Of Sex With A Minor Met The Girl At Church

January 4th, 2011 by Staff


DAYTON — Eric W. Deaton, the former third-party candidate for U.S. Senate accused of having sex with a teen-age girl, goes to trial today.
Jury selection will start this morning at Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Deaton, 43, of New Lebanon is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. The indictment alleges that, between March 2006 and March 2007, he engaged in sexual conduct with a girl who was between the ages of 13 and 15.
Deaton has vowed to defend himself against the “false allegations” that he said were “politically motivated.” He blamed his Aug. 31 indictment on his decision to run for office, because “the powers that be don’t like that.”
Deaton, the Constitution Party candidate for Sen. George Voinovich’s seat, received more than 61,000 votes in the Nov. 2 election. That was the best showing of three third-party candidates, but significantly behind Democrat Lee Fisher and Republican Rob Portman, who won the race.
Deaton has been free on his own recognizance.
Deaton was a church elder at Bear Creek Church of the Brethren. The girl was a member who was mentored by Deaton.
Police learned of the allegations from the Rev. Phil Reynolds, the church pastor.
Police said in September that they have an audiotape of Deaton admitting to the girl that he had sexual contact with her and receipts from multiple visits to a Moraine motel.


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