03/28/2018 – Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced deputies executed search warrants at multiple addresses in Van Wert. Sheriff Riggenbach said his Office executed the search warrants on Wednesday March 28th at 210 W. First St. and 339 N. Jefferson St. in Van Wert. The search warrants were the result of an investigation into an individual who was allegedly soliciting a young teenager to engage in sexual activity with him.
Sheriff Riggenbach advised that Dezmond C. Bywaters, a registered sex offender, age 26 of Van Wert was arrested on a charge of Importuning, a Felony of the Fifth degree. Sheriff Riggenbach said that Bywaters was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he was being held pending an arraignment hearing in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach said the investigation into the incident was continuing and additional charges could be sought at a future session of the Grand Jury.
The Van Wert Police Department assisted with this investigation.
Sheriff Riggenbach is asking citizens with information about this incident, or similar incidents, involving Dezmond C. Bywaters to contact his Office at 419-238-3866 or on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com using the “Submit a Crime Tip” link on the home page. Citizens can also contact Van Wert County Crime Stoppers at 419-238-STOP (7867) to report information. Sheriff Riggenbach reminds citizens they can remain anonymous when reporting information.