Recent indicted defendants enter not guilty pleas


By Alexandra Newman - [email protected]



SIDNEY — Several recent felony indicted parties entered pleas of not guilty during a group arraignment Thursday morning in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.

Joseph E. Cotterman, 36, of Jackson Center, entered a not-guilty plea on one count of rape, a felony of the first degree. After his initial arrest last week he posted a $50,000 surety bond and was released. In court Thursday his bond was continued and a no contact order with the victim was ordered.

According to the indictment he is accused of “during the time period of Jan. 1, 2009, and May 31, 2009, … he by force, did engage in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old female.”

There is no word yet if this charge will set back the trial in the other charge against him. That trial is set for Oct. 3, 4, and 5.

Also in court Thursday, Aaron Maurer, 26, of Botkins, entered a not guilty plea to one count of rape, a felony of the first degree. An own recognizance bond was granted and a no contact order with the victim was ordered.

According to the indictment he is accused of, “one or about July 15-16, 2016, … he, by force, did engage in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old female.”

Seth Centers, 33, of Houston, entered a not guilty plea to one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a felony of the fifth-degree, and one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a felony of the fourth-degree. An own recognizance bond was granted and a no contact order with the victim was ordered.

According to the indictment he is accused of, “During the time period of April 6 to May 4, 2016 … he recklessly sent, delivered, furnished, disseminated or provided by way of electronic communication nude obscene photos to a 14-year-old juvenile.” The second count says, “During the time period of April 6 to May 4, 2016, … he knowingly obtained and possessed nude pictures of a 14-year-old female.”

By Alexandra Newman

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Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach this writer at 937-538-4825.

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