Man ac­cused of ty­ing sex toys, videos to boy’s bike

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Lori Stei­neck Lori Stei­neck is a staff writer for The Canton Repos­i­tory.

to ju­ve­niles.

Vil­lage po­lice have no­ti­fied Car­roll County Fam­ily Ser­vices be­cause of “the na­ture of the in­ci­dent and be­cause he ob­vi­ously tar­geted ju­ve­niles, and there are ju­ve­niles in (his) home,” Chief Chris Miller said. Of­fi­cers have for­warded a copy of their report, and “we are re­quest­ing that they do an in­quiry into the home sit­u­a­tion,” the chief said.

Li­brary sur­veil­lance video shows Beight driv­ing up to the li­brary, at 677 Lyn­nwood Drive, Wed­nes­day morn­ing, walk­ing to one of two bi­cy­cles and ty­ing the plas­tic bag to it, Miller said. The video also shows Beight en­ter­ing the li­brary at 10:11 a.m. through the main en­trance.

“We did not know when he left the li­brary,” Miller said.

Po­lice be­lieve the boy who owns the bi­cy­cle and a friend had rid­den to the li­brary Wed­nes­day morn­ing be­fore school. Miller said it is typ­i­cal for some chil­dren to ride their bikes be­fore school to the li­brary, which is near two schools and the YMCA. They park their bikes in the rack out­side and walk to school. When school lets out, they re­turn to the li­brary to hang out be­fore rid­ing home.

About 3:40 p.m., the boys left the li­brary and walked to their bikes, ar­riv­ing to find the white plas­tic bag tied to one of them, the po­lice chief said. They looked into the bag, find­ing two sex tapes and a cou­ple of sex toys.

They re­turned to the build­ing and no­ti­fied a li­brary em­ployee. She walked out­side, looked into the bag and called po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the jail records, when the of­fi­cers talked to Beight, he ad­mit­ted ty­ing the bag of items to the bi­cy­cle, telling the of­fi­cers that he did it as a joke to the boys and that he had used the items the night be­fore, washed them and de­cided to get rid of them.

The chief said his of­fi­cers knew of no past in­ci­dents in­volv­ing Beight. Stark and Car­roll County court records show no past crim­i­nal ar­rests. He had a li­cense plate vi­o­la­tion in 2000 and a speed­ing ticket in 2006.

Beight re­mained in the jail, held in lieu of $25,000 bond pend­ing an Al­liance Mu­nic­i­pal Court hear­ing.

“The good thing was the boys had enough sense to go back in­side the li­brary and tell an adult,” Miller said. “They did the right thing, that’s for sure.”

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