Updated Tue, Nov 5, 2013 12:44 pm
A Glouster woman implicated in the alleged prostitution of a 16-year-old girl was arraigned Monday in Athens County Common Pleas Court although on an unrelated case. A bond hearing in for that matter will have to wait until she receives yet another appointed attorney.
Aileen Mays, 27, of Binder Basin Road in Glouster, was arraigned on a case of aggravated possession of drugs and entered a plea of innocent in Judge L. Alan Goldsberry’s courtroom.
Attorney James Wallace appeared in court with Mays for the purposes of arraignment, but said he would be issuing a motion to withdraw counsel on the other two cases.
“I have a conflict (of interest) with an individual who is listed as a witness,” Wallace told the court.
Goldsberry said the court had three attorneys in mind for appointment to her case, but had not settled who would be assigned.
The other cases — a theft case and a case in which Mays faces two counts of compelling prostitution and one account of trafficking in persons — are on hold until the proper counsel can be appointed to the woman.
Along with possession and theft, Mays is charged with allegedly receiving drugs from a registered sex offender in exchange for sex with a 16-year-old girl who was living with her at the time.
Fred Kittle, Sr., 69, was the man who allegedly had sex with the 16-year-old. He was charged with compelling prostitution and importuning, but had his charges dismissed in Athens Municipal Court. He has not been indicted but an investigation is still ongoing in Kittle’s case, according to previous Messenger reporting, and a search warrant has been issued for items from Kittle’s residence, along with a DNA sample.
Athens County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Saunders asked for Mays’ bond to be increased on the possession case because of the new felony charges. Mays is currently in jail on $350,000 bond, which Saunders wanted raised to $400,000 to encompass all the cases Mays is facing.
“I would say that’s gilding the lily,” Wallace said, arguing that Mays could not pay the $350,000 bond, so it was highly unlikely a raise in bond would make any difference.
Goldsberry agreed to the prosecution’s request, assigning a $400,000 bond for all three cases.
A jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 3.