Springfield Twp. mother accused of bribing, threatening son not to testify
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A Springfield Township woman is accused of trying to bribe her teenage son to not testify against her boyfriend in a criminal case, then threatening him when he refused the money. Cheryl Howard is charged with bribery and intimidation of a witness.
According to court papers, Howard offered her 14-year-old son $50 to $60 to not testify in the trial for Jason Dotson. Dotson is charged with drug trafficking, possession and receiving stolen property. His trial is set to start Jan. 10.
When the teen didn't accept the bribe, court papers indicated Howard said about Dotson, "I can't wait for him to get out so we can kill you". This allegedly happened at a relative's home during a Christmas party.
The teen said he was scared and he told his sister about the incident and she called police.
In court, Howard's attorney said his client denied the allegations. He also indicated that the family is having "interesting issues".
Assistant prosecutor David Wood said police are taking the incident seriously. "Police are convinced it's a real threat and requested a high bond."
Howard's children are with Job and Family Services and aren't staying with her.
The judge allowed Howard to get out of jail without posting any bond. He did order her to have no contact with her son.