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Criminal Division

It is the primary responsibility of the Prosecuting Attorney to prosecute persons charged with felony offenses that occur anywhere within Montgomery County. Through the Criminal Division, the Prosecutor's Office annually reviews over 7,000 cases submitted for filing as felonies by the various law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Division consists of four trial teams; an intake section, which handles all preliminary hearing and grand jury matters; as well as a Violent Crimes Bureau.

The Violent Crimes Bureau was established in January, 1993., to target and fast track the most serious and dangerous offenders. Due to the serious nature and circumstances of felony cases, and the obvious importance and impact crime has on all citizens, the Criminal Division is the most visible division of the office.

Part of the Criminal Division, the Criminal Non-Support Unit gathers evidence and oversees the filing of felony charges against parents who refuse to pay court-ordered child support.

Child support in the amount of $5,284,515.96 has been collected from the Unit’s caseload during the last five calendar years, 2003 through 2007.

During the same time period, prison sentences have been imposed in 313 of the unit’s cases, usually after continued refusal to pay child support.


Phone: (937) 225-5757


Leon J. Daidone, Chief
Leon J. Daidone, Criminal Division Chief



Violent Crimes Bureau (VCB):
John Amos
Dan Brandt
Bob Deschler
Lynda Dodd

Secretary to First Assistant and Criminal Chief:
Ashley Kochel


Team 1:

Ward Barrentine - Trial Team Supervisor
Chris Cloud
Karen Groseth
Kim Melnick
Emily Sluk

Team 2:

Jon Marshall - Trial Team Supervisor
Franklin Gehres
Cynthia Mullins
Ciara Parks
Joel Walker
Dawn Williams

Team 3:

Erin Claypoole - Trial Team Supervisor
Joe Habbyshaw
Zach Huffman
Heather Jans
Jonathan Sauline
Alissa Schriner
Justin Sheridan

Team 4:

Jenny Weber - Trial Team Supervisor
Nicole Amrhein
April Campbell
Kraig Chadrick
Mary Ellen Ditchey
Michele Henne
Natasha Newberry


District Court Attorney:
Greg Spears


Criminal Investigators:
Susan Neely
Gary Ware

Intake/Grand Jury Section

The Intake Section of the Criminal Division is comprised of 6 Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys whose primary responsibility is conducting Preliminary Hearings in the municipal courts as well as presenting cases for indictment before the Montgomery County Grand Jury. The Intake Section is also responsible for reviewing the majority of felony cases presented by the Dayton Police Department for filing.


Phone: (937) 496-6917


Anthony Schoen, Supervising Attorney
Anthony Schoen – Supervising Attorney


Intake/Grand Jury/Prelims/Post-Conviction:
Tiffany Allen
Jeannine Hudson
Jonathan Sauline

Case Management Section

The Case Management Division processes the paperwork and records relating to the handling of felony cases from the time a charge has been accepted for felony prosecution through conviction. These employees also provide clerical support to the criminal division attorneys.


Phone: (937)225-5757


Support Staff Supervisor:
Sharon Jenkins

Case Management Staff:
Carrie Hensley
Susie Berkshire
Diana Clutter
Tracy Davidson
Tinisha Jones
Laura Jordan
Tom Kalbaugh
Gina Leopard
Amber Loesch
Megan Lucking
Jessica Newsom
Pam Stanley
Alexa Staas
Rion Talley
Joanna Taylor
Ashley Yane


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