Two indicted on multiple theft charges by Unicoi grand jury

Brad Hicks • Feb 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

ERWIN — Two Unicoi County men arrested in December on multiple theft charges were indicted by a Unicoi County grand jury Friday.

Kevin P. Roberts, 2 Jones Branch Road, and Donny Ray Lewis, 122 Jones Branch Road, were indicted on theft charges in two separate cases. Both Lewis and Roberts were indicted on a total of two counts of theft over $1,000, one count of theft under $500 and one count of theft over $10,000. Roberts was also charged with an additional count of theft over $1,000.

According to previous reports from the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, on Nov. 16, Lewis and Roberts stole several vehicle batteries from a sawmill on Little Higgins Creek Road. The following day, the men stole tires, rims and 16 car batteries from a Unicoi County car dealership, officials said.

It is also alleged Roberts and Lewis stole a 2006 Toro Workman from a residence on Guy Erwin Road on Dec. 13. According to reports, the Workman was driven through an electric fence and off the victim’s property, eventually being left at a pull-off area along Spivey Mountain Road.

According to the sheriff’s department, on Dec. 14, Roberts and Lewis stole two ATVs from a Spivey Mountain Road residence. One of the ATVs was valued at $6,000 and the other at $4,000, according to officials.

Reports from the UCSD said that upon questioning, Lewis and Roberts confessed to taking the batteries from the sawmill and car lot, as well as the other items from the dealership to take to a scrap yard to sell. They also admitted to taking the Workman and ATVs, which they hid on U.S. Forest Service property, according to reports.

The indictment filed Friday states that in July, Roberts stole near $1,300 from USA Rafts.

In a separate case, Lonnie E. Maroney was indicted on one count of sexual battery (without consent) and one count of sexual battery by an authority figure.

According to the indictment, Maroney committed the offense of sexual battery by engaging in “unlawful sexual contact” with a juvenile without the victim’s consent in August.

The indictment said that in September, Maroney committed the offense of sexual battery by an authority figure by engaging in unlawful sexual contact with another victim.

“The defendant at the time of the offense was in a position of trust, or had supervisory or disciplinary power over the victim by virtue of the defendant’s legal, professional or occupational status and used such power to accomplish the sexual contact,” the indictment states.

Maroney is scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Criminal Court on April 10.

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