POMEROY — Two ladies stood in front of the Meigs County Courthouse Wednesday voicing their opposition to the community control sentence which was expected to be imposed in the case against Edward Holter.
Holter, 56, of Pomeroy, was sentenced on Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to three counts of gross sexual imposition. The victims in the case were all under the age of 18 at the time of the offenses, according to court records.
The women held signs which stated “Jail not Community Service” and “Community Service? Seriously?”
When asked what message they hoped to get out to the public by the protest, they said they were “against child molestation no matter the age” and that no one should put their hands on anyone under 18 in that manner. They also commented that he (Holter) was “old enough to know better.”
One of the women stated that she was “very ashamed” that no one showed up to support the cause, adding that she is “totally against child molestation no matter who it is.”
As people walked by around midday Wednesday, several voiced support for the message of the protest.
Community service should not be an option for something like this, stated the women.
“We are trying to protect our young people from sexual predators,” said the women, noting that community control shows others that they will not be punished if they commit this type of crime.