Dearborn County Law
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A Norwood, Ohio man is in jail in Dearborn County accused of Intimidating public officials through the web.
Daniel Brewington, 37, runs a blog titled Dan’s Adventures in Taking on the Family Courts and website www.DanHelpsKids.com detailing his experience to earn custody of his children in Dearborn Circuit Court.
Those postings led to Brewington being indicted Wednesday, March 2 in Dearborn Superior Court II for two counts of Intimidation (Class A Misdemeanor) and single counts of Intimidation of a Judge (Class D Felony), Attempt to Commit Obstruction of Justice (Class D Felony), and Perjury (Class D Felony).
A bench warrant was issued for Brewington’s arrest Monday which included an additional count of Unlawful Disclosure of Grand Jury Proceedings (Class B Misdemeanor). He was arrested at his home in Cincinnati the same day and later extradited to Dearborn County.
Brewington’s divorce and custody cases were handled in Ripley County beginning in 2007 until Ripley Circuit Court Judge Carl Taul recused himself from the case.
Beginning in 2009, the cases were transferred to Dearborn Circuit Court and Judge James D. Humphrey. On his blog, Brewington is critical of how Humphrey handled the case by using Dr. Edward Connor as a custody evaluator who gave “false testimony,” according to Brewington’s blog. Brewington said his visitation rights with his two daughters were terminated months after the final custody hearing.
More recently Brewington has been criticizing Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard for investigating his blog, which culminated with the indictments.
The indictment for Intimidation alleges “Brewington did communicate a threat to another person, to-wit: Dr. Edward Connor be placed in fear of retaliation for a prior lawful act, to-wit: issuing a custodial evaluation regarding Daniel Brewington’s children.”
The indictment for Intimidation of a Judge alleged Humphrey was placed in fear of retaliation for issuing the order regarding the dissolution of marriage. The second Intimidation indictment alleged Humphrey’s wife, Heidi, was placed in fear of retaliation.
The Attempt to Commit Obstruction of Justice indictment stated Brewington’s alleged intimidation or harassment of Connor as he was a witness in the official proceeding.
The Perjury indictment alleges Brewington made a false statement under oath on February 28th, the date of the grand jury hearing.
Brewington blogged his reaction of the grand jury proceedings, which led to the Unlawful Disclosure indictment.
He was held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on Friday awaiting an initial hearing.