Wombolt arraigned in high school student sex case

By Clinton Randall

February 28, 2014

GREENVILLE - Former auxiliary Sheriff’s deputy appeared in the Darke County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon for an arraignment on four sexual battery charges.

Though Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby only requested a $25,000 bond, Bryan D. Wombolt, 27, of Versailles was given a $50,000 bond by court Magistrate Anne J. Brumbaugh who sat in for Judge Jonathan P. Hein.

The former Ansonia resident was indicted Thursday on four counts of Sexual Battery, felonies of the third degree, after an investigation that involved Wombolt engaging in sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old local high school student. The offenses allegedly occurred during February in Darke County.

Wombolt was transported back to Preble County Jail after Friday’s arraignment. He was transported shortly after his arrest Thursday by request of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office due to the circumstances surrounding the case and Wombolt.

“We don’t want him socializing here locally where he can possibly spread rumors or talk about the victim in this case,” Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer stated during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Wombolt told the court that he will attempt to retain his own attorney before his pre-trial conference that is set for March 24 at 1:30 p.m. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum of five years on each of the four counts and will be registered as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life.