Boyfriend of missing woman pleads guilty

Posted at 5:03 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 18:22:20-05

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A Franklin man whose girlfriend has been missing since September was sentenced to nine months in prison for promoting prostitution.

Eric Sexton, 48, pleaded guilty Monday in Butler County Common Pleas Court, the Journal-News reported. He'll also have to register as a sex offender for 15 years once he's released.

Sexton was arrested not long after he reported Lindsay Bogan, 30, missing Sept. 14. He said he'd last seen her getting in a silver Dodge Durango at the corner of Central Avenue and Baltimore Street in downtown Middletown the day before.

Lindsay Bogan. Provided via Journal-News

Sexton "supervised, managed and/or controlled the prostitution activities of Lindsay Bogan by offering her sexual services in exchange for money to others," according to facts of the case read Monday, the Journal-News reported.

"I won't be able to go into the details of that investigation at this point," Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said Monday. "She is a missing person. She was reported missing by him. She, according to him, she went missing the day before he reported her missing, although it is in the media and reported that he observed her getting into the vehicle of, presumably, a customer."

Sexton's attorney, David Washington, said his client still doesn't know the whereabouts of the Middletown woman. The guilty plea, Washington said, had nothing to do with Bogan's disappearance.

"He is still concerned about the well being of the young lady involved … he does care for her deeply," Washington said.

Sexton said he planned to marry Bogan, and they have a 9-month-old daughter together, the Journal-News reported.

Bogan is described as 5-foot-6, 118 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She has a rainbow tattoo on her hip and a star tattoo on her shoulder.

Anyone with information about Bogan's whereabouts should call Lt. Jim Cunningham at 513-425-7747.