'Tis The Season
FROM YOUR PROSECUTOR
It's hard to believe it's already December! Where has 2015 gone?
This time of year brings a lot of hustle and bustle. I'd like to slow down a bit and wish you and yours the very best this holiday season.
Delaware truly is a special community. I'm lucky to live here, and proud to serve as your Delaware County Prosecutor. Thank you for making Delaware a great place.
Have wonderful and safe holiday season and the happiest of of new years!
Congratulations to Ryan Gross and Jacob Robinson!
These best friends and DACC students were first on scene for not just one, not two, but three traffic accidents!
Whether keeping motorists calm, calling for help, or utilizing first aid skills, Ryan and Jacob were able to use techniques learned at DACC to help those involved.
Great job Ryan and Jacob! Our office is honored to present you with certificates of recognition. Keep up the good work!
Pictured: Prosecutor O’Brien with Ryan (left) and Jacob (right) and their families as well as DACC instructor Mark Warner
Teacher Trial Set For January 19
Ex-Olentangy elementary teacher Matthew Rausenberg is headed to trial on January 19.
Rausenberg, 40, faces 42 charges of sexual misconduct with students. Nine victims are included in the indictment against Rausenberg. The indictment, returned in August, is the second indictment against the former teacher. Initial filings in March listed two victims and 32 charges.
Rausenberg faces up to life in prison. He had been a teacher in the Olentangy district since August 2001. The indictment against him specifies alleged misconduct from 2006 to 2015.
Charges result from a tip provided by a former student of Rausenberg's, now in her teens.
Two Indicted After
Multiple Home Break-Ins
A Delaware County Grand Jury has returned a 16-count indictment against Jordan T. Zakany and Christopher M. Harper.
“Authorities received several home invasion calls in mid-November,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Residents reported missing items such as computers, jewelry, cameras, guns, tools and cash.”
Zakany, 27 of Zanesville, is charged with six counts of burglary – all second-degree felonies, four counts of theft – fifth-degree felonies, two counts of theft – fourth-degree felonies, theft – a third-degree felony, and one count of receiving stolen property – a fifth-degree felony.
Harper, 27 of Delaware, is charged with receiving stolen property – a fifth-degree felony and identity fraud – a fifth-degree felony.
Several of the stolen items were recovered from area pawnshops.
Former Orange Township Official
Charged With Theft In Office
Thomas Farahay, 64, is charged with theft in office – a fifth-degree felony.
“As the Zoning Inspector for Orange Township, Mr. Farahay accepted cash for sign permits,” said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien. “Instead of recording the transaction, Mr. Farahay allegedly destroyed the paperwork and pocketed the money.”
If convicted, Farahay will be required to repay the money. He could receive anywhere from six to twelve months in prison, have to pay up to a $2,500 fine, and would be barred from holding a public office in Ohio.
An arraignment date is set for January 11, 2016.