Ranger is accused of more voyeurism PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:08
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File photo. Former Wood County Park Ranger John Millinger, left, with his attorney. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Despite facing numerous felony charges including voyeurism, a former Wood County Park District ranger apparently is continuing his penchant for viewing others, now using the Internet.
John Millinger, 27, of Toledo, was indicted in March with 15 charges related to his actions as a public official.
On Tuesday Heather Baker, an assistant prosecutor for the county, asked Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Pollex to revoke the bond based on evidence she said has been verified that he has violated the condition of his bond by visiting voyeurism websites on the Internet.
Baker alleged their investigation has revealed his credit card had been used to access material on the Internet and that he had viewed pictures this June, July and August, with the last such access made on the morning of Oct. 30. She also said it was his "screen name" which was used in visiting those sites.
Millinger's charges allege he covertly used video equipment to record 11 female park patrons "in various states of undress" between Jan. 3 and Sept. 3, 2011, in five separate incidents at various Wood County Park District locations.
The judge declined to revoke his bond, but warned if even one additional violation of his bond conditions is verified, he will sit in jail until his trial.
Millinger was in court Tuesday for what was scheduled as a further pre-trial conference with a possible plea.
A resolution of his case was not agreed upon, so his case was set for a four-day trial commencing May 13.
When asked by the judge about a possible plea agreement, Millinger told the judge that he and his attorney both wish to proceed to a trial.
He has been free on his own recognizance bond since pleading not guilty to all counts on March 15. He is charged with 10 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism; one count of felony voyeurism ... which stems from the allegation that one of the individuals recorded was a minor; three counts of theft in office; and one count of tampering with evidence.
When setting the bond last March, the judge ordered him to not have access to video recording devices or computers, nor to use the Internet for any reason. The allegations into his actions were initiated by the discovery of a recording device hidden behind a "No Smoking" sign in a restroom at the W. W. Knight Nature Preserve on White Road, outside of Perrysburg.
After the discovery, Millinger resigned from the park position, where he had served for one year.
 

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