Middletown PD: Missing mom now homicide case

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 18:49:52-04

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The case involving a woman missing since September 2015 from Middletown is now being treated as a homicide, police told WHIO.

Rodney Muterspaw, Middletown police chief, told this news outlet exclusively that police recently searched a field on Cincinnati-Dayton Road for Lindsay Bogan, 30, who was reported missing six months ago by her boyfriend, Eric Sexton, 48, of Wilshire Drive in Franklin.

Bogan’s body and no evidence were found, Muterspaw said.

Sexton pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution Feb. 22 in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

He was sentenced by Judge Michael Oster to nine months in prison and was classified a Tier I sex offender, meaning he will have to register annually with the sheriff in the county where he lives for 15 years once released from prison. He was given credit for 136 days he has served in the Butler County Jail awaiting trial.

Sexton was arrested by Middletown police shortly after he reported Bogan missing. He was indicted by a grand jury in November.

According to the facts of he case, Sexton “supervised, managed and/or controlled the prostitution activities of Lindsay Bogan by offering her sexual services in exchange for money to others.”

Sexton’s attorney, David Washington, said his client wants to accept responsibility and move on with his life.

“He does understand his actions were inappropriate,” Washington said during his February court appearance. “He is still concerned about the well being of the young lady involved…he does care for her deeply.”

After the hearing, Washington said Sexton does not know the whereabouts of Bogan, according to WHIO.

“If he knew where she was, he’d tell (the police),” Washington said. “He had nothing to do with her disappearance.”

Sexton reported Bogan missing Sept. 14 and said he last saw her the day before getting into a silver Dodge Durango at the corner of Central Avenue and Baltimore Street in downtown Middletown. Sexton said he and Bogan, the mother of their 9-month-old daughter, were planning to get married.

Sexton told the Journal-News in September that Bogan was not a prostitute, but when he reported her missing to Middletown police, he said they “engaged in prostitution” activity, according to a police report.

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 is asked to call Lt. Jim Cunningham at 513-425-7747.

A $2,000 reward is being offered by the Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers Wheel of Justice Fund. Anyone with information is urged to call 513-352-3040. Callers remain anonymous and are identified by code numbers, not names.

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