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.

The only people who may be liable here are the parents for not supervising their own children, McKenna told Mason Municipal Judge Andrew Batsche at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. He also said the three girls were too young to be competent witnesses against Hamblin, the newspaper said.

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.