Child Rape Counts Filed
Alex Davtovich is charged in Belmont County with two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition in connection with the assault of two children, including a four-year-old.
Davtovich, 27, of Columbiana County and formerly of Bellaire, is also facing child pornography charges, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas.
The crimes are alleged to have happened while Davtovich was babysitting the children of an acquaintance between October 2012 and March 2013.
“We are urging anyone whose children may have had contact with this defendant to talk with their children, because we do have reason to believe that other children may have been sexually assaulted by this suspect,” DeWine said.
Belmont County sheriff’s detectives began investigating Davtovich after information obtained by DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Unit and St. Clair Township Police Department showed Davtovich in possession of alleged child pornography. The suspect was charged with pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor in Columbiana County after authorities served a search warrant at his home last month.
Upon further investigation, agents learned of the alleged sexual assaults in Belmont County and turned over the information to local authorities. Belmont County detectives, working with case workers from the Belmont County Department of Children’s Services, were able to identify and locate the juveniles.
“This is another proven case of how good working relationships at the state and local level can bring justice in several jurisdictions,” Lucas said.
“We are grateful for the work of the Crimes Against Children Unit to uncover the fact that this individual was living in our community so that we were able to arrest him and remove him from the streets,” said St. Clair Township Police Chief Donald Hyatt.
Davtovich is in custody at the Columbiana County Jail.
Anyone with information regarding Davtovich should contact their local law enforcement agency or the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-224-6446.