Records irrelevant to Lucas’ case

Court denies access to Children’s Services file in Henry Lucas case

By Melanie Yingst -



MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee ruled there were no documents in a Miami County Children’s Services file subject to disclosure following a review from Henry Lucas Jr. and his defense attorney’s request last Friday.

In a decision filed on Monday, the court found there were no documents from a file possessed by the Miami County Children’ Services organization in relation to the victim, a minor, which needed to be turned over to Lucas and his attorney Kevin Lennen.

During a court hearing on Friday morning, Lucas’ attorney Kevin Lennen stated he was seeking the documents to uncover possible exculpatory evidence.

A representative from the Miami County Children’s Services Board said Lennen’s references to the possible evidence were hearsay and asked Gee to conduct an in-camera inspection of the agency’s records if necessary to determine the relevance of the records.

Gee ordered an in-camera review of the documents being sought, after which a decision is expected to be made on whether or not the documents will be turned over to the defense.

Lucas, 53, is facing one count of first-degree felony rape and one count of third-degree felony tampering with evidence.

Last July, Lucas posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bond following his arraignment on a grand jury indictment on the two charges. Lucas entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

Lucas was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors, the victim, and the victim’s family.

According to reports, Lucas allegedly pinned a 15-year-old female victim against the wall and shoved his hand down the victim’s pants, sexually assaulted her by hand, and then left the home in Troy. The victim stated she didn’t tell an adult until two months later. The alleged assault occurred in March 2017.

To date, Lucas’ two-day jury trial is set for Sept. 25 with Judge Gee presiding.

Piqua Daily Call reporter Sam Wildow contributed to this report.

Court denies access to Children’s Services file in Henry Lucas case

By Melanie Yingst