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Buffalo man pleads guilty to sexual battery, tampering with evidence

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Brian A. Rossiter Brian A. Rossiter Guernsey County Sheriff's Office

Brian Rossiter answered to charges from three cases in Guernsey County


CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- A Buffalo man accused of sexual battery and robbery entered pleas to numerous charges on Wednesday afternoon in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court.

Forty-one-year-old Brian A. Rossiter entered guilty pleas to charges in three different cases. In the first case, Rossiter was charged with tampering with evidence (F3), two counts of receiving stolen property, (F5) and vandalism (F5). Rossiter entered guilty pleas to all counts. Those charges were filed following execution of a search warrant at Rossiter's Pioneer Road residence in November 2013.

Rossiter had also been charged with felony counts of sexual battery and rape following an incident that occurred at a Byesville home in March 2014. Pursuant to the terms of a negotiated plea, Rossiter entered a plea of guilty to the sexual battery charge which requires that he register as a Tier-3 sex offender. Under Ohio Law a Tier-3 sex offender registration requires the offender to register with the Sheriff's Office every 90 days for life.

Rossiter also entered a guilty plea to charges that arose from a September 2003 strong-arm robbery. Authorities say a Cumberland couple had returned to their home and were confronted by two armed and masked assailants. The couple was restrained and cash and other items of property were taken from the home. A recent investigation by the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office uncovered additional evidence establishing Rossiter’s role in those crimes. That case remains open, as the investigation continues regarding any additional individuals involved.

Rossiter is scheduled to be sentenced on July 25 in Guernsey County Common Pleas Court.

Bill Cassler

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