July 2, 2008
Parents Said at Fault in Child-Luring Case
An attorney for an Ohio man with a history of exposing himself to young girls says the parents of his latest alleged victims are the ones at fault in the case.
Attorney Tim McKenna told a municipal court judge in Mason, Ohio, that defendant Michael Hamblin, 38, wasn't the culprit in a June 22 incident in which Hamblin is accused of luring three girls ages 6 and 7. Instead, he said, the girls' parents should be charged with child endangerment, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.
Batsche, however, disagreed and retained Hamblin's bond at $750,000, referring the case to a grand jury. Hamblin has also has been charged with exposing himself to two 9-year-old girls on June 19 and has been named by Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff's officials a suspect in another incident, the Enquirer said.