Brown County man accused of trading drugs for sex
GEORGETOWN, Ohio (WKRC) – Brown County Asphalt Inc. Owner Thomas Sawyers is facing 26 felony charges after a grand jury indicted the 70-year-old on Thursday. Sawyers is facing drug and human trafficking charges and one rape charge. The offenses go back as far as 2012.
The charges break down to 17 total drug trafficking incidents in which the charges allege Sawyers sold or offered to sell controlled substances of Suboxone/Subutex and Percocet. The indictment also alleges Sawyers sold of tried to sell heroin of small amounts, about 10 doses each time.
Eight of the charges accuse Sawyers of recruiting, luring, enticing and transporting people who were to be used in sexual activity.
The rape charge is from February of 2016 in which the charges say Sawyers did engage in sexual conduct with someone after Sawyers purposely compelled her to submit by force or threat of force.
One man who lives near Brown County Asphalt says he’s known Sawyers for decades and that their kids grew up together. He says he’s shocked and in disbelief of the charges.
Another woman at a Georgetown gas station was also taken aback saying “you think you know someone.”
Sawyers was never booked into the Brown County Jail. Court documents reveal that the court was aware of Sawyers medical condition after a construction accident. And because of his age, Sawyers posted a surety/professional bond in the amount of $100,000 and must be confined to his home in Georgetown unless the court grants him the opportunity to leave his home for medical treatment approved by the court.
At this point, a court appearance has not yet been set.