Charges dropped in sex case involving 14-year-old

By Laurie Hamame -

Charges have been dropped for a 42-year-old Wellington man who was accused this past fall of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old.

Following an investigation by Oberlin police, Scott Webb faced 16 counts of unlawful sexual misconduct with a minor. The case, however, was dismissed Jan. 24 by Lorain County assistant prosecutor Allan Regas.

Prosecutor Dennis Will said the 14-year-old had recanted her story.

Webb said the last five months have been “pretty terrible.” He’s found it difficult to get a job upon completion of a background check.

“I have a past. I’ve been in trouble with theft before and it never interfered with me getting a job and this case just kind of did me in. We lost everything we had,” he said.

Officers received a complaint June 17 from a mother and child. The child said Webb had intercourse with her in the basement of a house in Oberlin and that DNA evidence had been left behind.

Upon obtaining a search warrant, police arrested Webb at a residence in Wellington. He pleaded not guilty in Oberlin Municipal Court before the case was bound over to the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

By Laurie Hamame