2 Face Corrupting Charges

Amy McMurrayBenjamin Shinn
Mike Burkholder
Managing Editor

Two St. Marys residents face charges of allegedly corrupting a minor.
On Friday, Amy S. McMurray, 41, 616 Jay St., was arrested and charged with one count each of endangering children, a second-degree felony; and corruption of a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The alleged offenses took place on Jan. 1. During an initial court appearance in Auglaize County Municipal Court, Judge Gary Herman ordered McMurray held on a $500,000 bond with a 10 percent cash provision. The matter was set for a preliminary hearing.
If convicted on the current charges, McMurray faces more than eight years in prison.
Benjamin R. Shinn, 38, of the same address, faces a charge of corruption of a minor, a second-degree felony. He is being held in the Mercer County Jail on an unrelated charge. The investigation into the allegations started following a report from the Auglaize County Children's Services Department.
Further prosecution in the cases must take place in Common Pleas Court because the charges are felonies. A case can get transferred into Common Pleas Court if bound over by a judge following a preliminary hearing or the issuance of an indictment by a grand jury. A defendant also can waive the right to a preliminary hearing.