(10-22-21) Toney Kidwell (73) of Celina was found guilty on five sex related charges after he pleaded no contest this week in Mercer County Common Pleas Court. Kidwell previously faces over 30 charges, including rape before he entered his pleas.

The indictment states the victim in the case was a female under the age of 12. Kidwell will be sentenced on November 22nd. Kidwell faces 21.5 years in prison and $60,000 in fines.

As of this posting Kidwell was not listed as an inmate at the Mercer County Detention Center….he had been released after being charged in May on June 16th.

Kidwell maintained his innocence but acknowledged the state had evidence to support the stipulation of facts that was read in court.

An Alford plea in United States law, is a guilty plea in criminal court,whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. In entering an Alford plea, the defendant admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Court: Common Pleas Case Number: 21CRM081 Charge Level: Felony-1 Charge: Rape _ victim < 13 nonforcible Statute Number: 2907.02A1B Booking Date: 5/24/2021 Release Date: 6/16/2021
Court: Common Pleas Case Number: 21CRM081 Charge Level: Felony-2 Charge: Sexual Battery _ parent or guardian Statute Number: 2907.03A5 Booking Date: 5/24/2021 Release Date: 6/16/2021
Court: Common Pleas Case Number: 21CRM081 Charge Level: Felony-3 Charge: Gross Sexual Imposition _ victim < 13, statutory Statute Number: 2907.05A4 Booking Date: 5/24/2021 Release Date: 6/16/2021
Court: Common Pleas Case Number: 21CRM081 Charge Level: Felony-1 Charge: Attempt – ARREST OFFENSE CODE Statute Number: 2923.02 Booking Date: 5/24/2021 Release Date: 6/16/2021
Court: Common Pleas Case Number: 21CRM081 Charge Level: Felony-3 Charge: Attempt – ARREST OFFENSE CODE Statute Number: 2923.02 Booking Date: 5/24/2021 Release Date: 6/16/2021
Court: Common Pleas Case Number: 21CRM081 Charge Level: Felony-4 Charge: Attempt – ARREST OFFENSE CODE Statute Number: 2923.02 Booking Date: 5/24/2021 Release Date: 6/16/2021