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Attorney withdraws from case of man with multiple child sex charges

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Aug. 5—The attorney for a Hamilton man accused of multiple child sex crimes, including rape, has withdrawn and the trial scheduled later this month has been cancelled.

Thomas Edward Philpot, 63, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury Feb. 2 on five counts of rape, nine counts of gross sexual imposition — all felonies — and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a misdemeanor.

According to the indictment, the alleged crimes occurred between December 2012 and March 2017. The rape charges allege the victim was under the age of 10. He faces a life sentence of convicted.

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Philpot is housed in the Butler County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond and his trial was scheduled to begin Aug. 22 in Butler County Common Pleas Court. At a hearing last week, Judge Michael Oster granted Philpot’s attorney Monika Roth’s request to withdraw from the case. Roth is a court-appointed public defender.

In the request, Roth said she was no longer able to represent Philpot and “professional considerations demand withdraw.”

Oster also vacated Philpot’s trial at last week’s hearing.

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A new attorney, who is not a member of the county public defender’s office, will likely be appointed at a hearing scheduled for Monday.

At a May hearing for a bond reduction, Philpot was wheeled into the courtroom and he told the judge that two weeks before he was arrested, he had three surgeries scheduled in Dayton: a hip replacement, lower back and two hernia operations. He said the back surgery would allow him to walk again.

Oster declined to reduce bond.

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Philpot was acquitted of sexual imposition and gross sexual imposition in 2010 in Butler County following a jury trial.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said after that case more people came forward, and the investigation continued.

Staff Writer Rick McCrabb contributed to this report.

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