EL man suspect in several child sex offenses

LISBON – An East Liverpool man has been accused in at least two counties of crimes against small children and investigators believe he may be responsible for more.

Alex J. Davtovich, 27, Purinton Avenue, East Liverpool, was served a secret indictment this week on charges of pandering obscenity involving a minor, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance and possession of criminal tools. The charges are two fourth-degree felonies and two fifth-degree felonies.

According to court documents, on Oct. 17, Davtovich had materials involving a minor engaging in sexual activity and in a state of nudity.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in East Liverpool Municipal Court on Oct. 24 and was bound over to the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court grand jury on a single felony charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor.

When the grand jury met last week, a secret indictment was issued which added the additional three charges.

According to a story on the website of WTOV-9, in Belmont County Davtovich is also facing charges of rape and gross sexual imposition. There, he is reportedly accused of sexually-related crimes involving at least two children from Bellaire, one as young as 4 years old.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office has issued a press release urging anyone who may have had contact with Davtovich to speak with their children. It is believed, Davtovich, was known to babysit children and there may be additional victims. He reportedly also was known to spend time in Hancock County, W.Va.

DeWine formed the Crimes Against Children Unit, which is part of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in an effort to focus on investigating perpetrators who victimize children. That task force, along with the St. Clair Township Police Department reportedly were responsible for finding Davtovich in possession of the child pornography and searched his home last month.

Further investigation led to information on the sexual assaults, which was turned over to authorities in Belmont County.