Chad Williamson
Chad Williamson

Four Jackson County men have been indicted on 20 counts apiece of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Each of the men are facing 10 second-degree felony counts and 10 fourth-degree felony counts according to the May 23 indictments.

Jeffrey Garrett, 48, of 219 Chestnut Grove Road, Jackson, is said to have committed these alleged crimes on or about May 7, 2022.

Chad Williamson, 50, of 1043 Jackson Hill Road, Jackson, is accused of committing these crimes between the dates of Sept. 1, 2021, and Sept. 8, 2021.

Christopher Seymour, 29, of 655 George Hollow Road, Waverly, (formerly of 460 S. Michigan Ave., Wellston) is said to have committed these crimes between the dates of Sept. 1, 2021, and Sept. 8, 2021.

Jerico Wiseman, 21, whose address is listed as 350 Portsmouth St., Jackson, (the physical address of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office), stands accused of committing these alleged crimes on or about March 2, 2022.

All four men were indicted by a Jackson County Grand Jury and had warrants issued for their arrest on Monday, May 23.

The second-degree felony counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor allege the men did, with knowledge of the character of the material or performance involved, “create, reproduce, or publish any obscene material that has a minor as one of its participants.” The fourth-degree felony counts allege the men did, “buy, procure, possess, or control any obscene material that has a minor as one of its participants.”

Three of the four men – Garrett, Wiseman, and Seymour were arraigned in Jackson County Common Pleas Court on Friday, June 3. They each entered pleas of not guilty to all counts and their respective bonds were set at $50,000, 10 percent cash, full surety, or property. A condition of bond for all three men is that they are to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18. Should any of the three men post bond, they will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, they will not be allowed to reside with any juveniles, they will not be allowed to have access to any type of electronic device, and any court-approved place of residence will not be permitted to have internet or Wi-Fi access.

Williamson was arraigned on June 22 and likewise pleaded not guilty. He was placed on house arrest with a GPS ankle monitor, and his bond was set at $100,000, 10 percent cash, full surety, or property, the conditions of which were in kind with those of the other three defendants.

Garrett, Williamson, and Seymour are being represented by public defender Gene Meadows, while Wiseman is being represented by Columbus-based attorney Tamas Tamor.

Currently, Seymour is scheduled for jury trial July 11-13, and Garrett is scheduled for jury trial Aug. 1-3. Trial dates had not yet been set for the other two defendants as of press time.