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1/3/2014 6:00:00 AM
Indictment served on alleged Lake Havasu City sex offender
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Grand Jury indicted a registered sex offender on three counts of child molestation Dec. 26.

Jack Leon Blythe, 51, was arrested Dec. 17 in Lake Havasu City after an 8-year-old girl told her father that Blythe engaged in what police described as "indirect sexual contact" on three occasions.

He is being held in the Mohave County jail on a $1 million bond.

According to Sgt. Troy Stirling, the spokesman for the Lake Havasu City Police Department, the girl's father was aware that Blythe was a convicted sex offender and that Blythe spent "a significant amount of time around his family."

Blythe's status as a Level 3 Sex Offender was well-known in the community. Offenders with this designation are deemed the most likely to re-offend.

Blythe moved to Lake Havasu City roughly two years ago after he was released from prison and, as required by law, registered with the police department.

When he relocated to Lake Havasu City, the police department publicly notified the community of his arrival.

Blythe served five years of a six-year sentence, said Stirling in an email. He was indicted on three counts of molestation of a child.

His arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in front of Judge Rick Williams.

Another Lake Havasu City resident, David Charles Totten Jr., 27, was indicted on a host of drug charges and a weapons offense after police allegedly recovered nearly 260 grams of heroin with a street value of about $52,000, along with methamphetamine and prescription drugs, in an arrest made Dec. 19.

Police also seized about $11,400 in cash, a firearm, a bulletproof vest and electronic equipment.

Totten is an ex-felon and prohibited from possessing guns.

Also arrested was Julie Vaniman, 24, on charges of possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Vaniman has yet to be indicted.

Totten was indicted on two counts of possession of narcotics for sale, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine), possession of dangerous drugs for sale and two counts of misconduct involving weapons.

Arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in front of Williams.

The grand jury also indicted:

• Joseph Thomas Colvin and Vanessa Evelyn Bell: Theft, trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, taking the identity of another and theft of a credit card.

Arraignment was set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Judge Derek Carlisle.

• Vincent Nicholas DeMarco: Disorderly conduct involving a weapon.

Arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday in front of Judge Steven Conn.

• Matthew Scott Hulbert: Sexual abuse.

Arraignment was set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in front of Carlisle.

• Joseph Dewayne Chipman: Criminal trespass in the first degree by domestic violence and aggravated assault.

Arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in front of Williams.

• David Kyle Keatley: Criminal damage by domestic violence.

Arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday in front of Conn.

• Dody Jean Esquerra: Possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine) and child abuse by domestic violence.

Arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday in front of Conn.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by: Fed Up

Fed Up
How is it that the Grand Jury is imposing so many indictments on non-"high profile - highly political " cases?
Does'nt our prosecutor's have enough evidence of the crime to make the normal arrest? or are they using the Grand Jury as a prosecution tool?
Some could say that if the Grand Jury indicted the alleged criminal, then they must be guilty. surely this must help in the conviction process.

This is the first county I have seen using the Grand Jury in this capacity - surely we should'nt take their time on trivial, petty crime cases. Lets leave those to our paid prosecutor's or maybe they are'nt able to get those convictions on their own?

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