Ohio Guardsman Accused Of Sex Crimes Back In U.S.

Date: 2013-07-17
Source: 10tv

Ohio Guardsman Accused Of Sex Crimes Back In U.S.
Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:39 PM
UPDATED: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:41 PM

By Danielle Elias
MARYSVILLE, Ohio - A tour of duty in Kuwait with the Ohio National Guard has been cut short for Jean Paul Kruse, a major in the Guard's 371st Sustainment Brigade.

Union County prosecutor David Phillips says, since Monday, when Kruse was indicted on 17 felony counts of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and intimidation, the military brought him back.

Phillips says Kruse is now on U.S. soil, in a Virginia jail.

Investigators say Kruse sexually abused three of the 11 children in his care between 2006 and 2012.

“Well, he's back, but he's in custody currently, and it's whether or not the court keeps him in custody of course, is up to the judge, but if the court does decide to release him, there will certainly be no contact orders and we will do what we have to do to protect them,” said Phillips.

His wife Emily Kruse is facing three charges, two for intimidation and one for obstruction of justice.

Phillips says Emily Kruse had no part in the alleged abuse, and is now caring for five of the children, who were not involved in this case.

“Well, when you have an abusive, neglect, dependency case, the actual goal is reunification with the family,” said Phillips.

Children Services removed all the children from their home last August during the initial investigation.

The prosecutor says the other six children are either in the hands of their biological parents or foster care.

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