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No jail time for county official's son

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO —Huntington County commissioner Tom Wall’s son was sentenced to three years probation with six months on house arrest, according to Franklin County, Ohio court records.

Nathaniel Wall pleaded guilty to a Level 3 felony charge of retaliation in exchange for the dismissal of a Level 1 felony rape charge, after he was indicted on Sept. 17, 2018 for charges of rape and kidnapping, according to court records. Nathaniel Wall filed an Alford plea, and according to defense attorney Todd Long, an Alford plea means the defendant is not admitting to a criminal act and is maintaining his innocence even though a plea of guilty will be entered in court.

Both charges alleging rape and kidnapping were dismissed.

The terms of probation include maintaining employment, enrolling in a cognitive behavior program, staying away from the victim and not receiving any more convictions, according to the sentencing order.

If terms of probation are violated, Nathaniel Wall could receive a possible prison term of 24 months in prison, according to court records.

Charges of retaliation are filed when probable cause is found that a defendant purposely used force or threat of force against a public servant, attorney, witness or victim because of criminal charges being filed or prosecuted against the defendant, according to Ohio Revised Code.

The indictment claims Nathaniel Wall met the victim at Novak’s Bar before going to multiple bars together. The victim alleges that while in his hotel room, Nathaniel Wall sexually assaulted her.

In an interview with police, Nathaniel Wall reportedly admitted to being with the victim that night but denied the allegations of any sexual contact between them.

Nathanial Wall consented to providing a DNA sample, and on Aug. 8, 2018, a Columbus Police lab analysis of an oral swab taken during the woman’s sexual assault exam matched with Nathaniel Wall, according to the affidavit.

Officials from the Franklin County prosecutor’s office did not respond to phone calls Monday.

Nathaniel Wall’s attorney denied a request to comment.