Special News 14 Mar 2023

On 7 Mar 2023 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into the sexual assault on an adult female. 

Detective Lt. Smeeks met with the victim on 10 Mar 2023 where it was reported that on two separate occasions a subject known to her had sexual conduct and contact with her without her consent.  This incident occurred in Washington County, Ohio.

The suspect, Holden Shane Bates, 405 Main Street, Apt. 2, Caldwell, OH, had committed these acts in Feb and Mar 2023. 

On 13 Mar 2023 Lt. Smeeks met with Holden Bates at his residence in Caldwell, OH.  Bates agreed to speak with officers and was advised of his Miranda Rights. 

Bates ultimately admitted to the sexual activity with the victim on 23 Feb 2023 as well as 7 Mar 2023. 

Holden Shane Bates, age 22, was placed under arrest and charged with sexual battery.  Bates was transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.

Bates appeared in Marietta Municipal Court on 14 Mar 2023 and was released late on a PR bond.