By Angela Shepherd The Times-Gazette
December 26, 2013
No determination of an outcome was made in Highland County Common Pleas Court following an evidentiary hearing in which a Greenfield woman was found to have violated the terms of her supervision by being terminated from an aftercare program.
Chassidy D. Campbell, 34, was found to be in violation of the terms of her supervision on Thursday, but Judge Rocky Coss continued disposition of the case until Jan. 7 so that Campbell could be re-evaluated for the STAR program.
When Campbell pleaded guilty to third-degree felony illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in July, the judge said that per the plea agreement the state would recommend the STAR program. But by the time Campbell’s August sentencing hearing arrived, she had already began treatment at a facility in Pike County and the judge allowed her to continue in that program.
As part of her sentence, Campbell was to successfully complete the treatment program as well as any recommended aftercare.
But earlier this month the court received notification that Campbell had been terminated from the aftercare program and she has been held in the county jail on a $2,500 bond since then.
Adult Parole Authority officer Suzanne Brown, who supervised Campbell, testified for the state in regard to Campbell’s termination, and while she said she was not personally familiar with the allegations made by the Pike County Recovery Council in Chillicothe, through which Campbell was in aftercare programming, she told the court Campbell had contacted her about the termination.
Brown said, too, that she received a letter from Recovery Council that said Campbell was noncompliant with some established house rules, was “unwilling or unable” to change her attitude, was argumentative with staff, and had made threatening remarks against a staff member.
Brown said she requested clarification on the allegations, but can only know what she was told by recovery staff as she was not present for the alleged occurrences, which defense attorney Conrad Curren made sure to point out in his cross examination of the witness.
Curren further contended that the evidence against Campbell was “thin” and argued that this could have been an isolated incident not reflective of Campbell’s otherwise compliant behavior.
But Prosecutor Anneka Collins said it didn’t matter if it was an isolated incident or not, or even why Campbell was terminated from aftercare, only that she was terminated from the required programming and therefore in violation of her sentence imposed in August.
Coss said even though all other reports to the court for Campbell have been positive, “the fact remains” that she was discharged from her aftercare which was a violation of her sentence.
The judge said Campbell will be re-evaluated for the STAR program and a new hearing was set for Jan. 7.