Suspects in tainted cookie case released on own recognizance

(Uhrichsville, Ohio) – A Uhrichsville-are couple is released from jail after being charged for giving a group of Claymont City Schools strikers tainted cookies.

29-year-old Bo Cosens and 25-year-old Rachel Sharrock have been charged with giving sugar cookies laced with a laxative to striking school employees picketing near Claymont Primary School in Uhrichsville.

Reports indicate that while Judge Brad Hillyer had originally set $1 million dollar bonds for both Cosens and Sharrock, officials noted keeping them in jail would require them to be tried within 90 days of their arrest. With them out of jail, prosecutors have several months to hold their trials.

The couple may remain out of jail so long as they meet the following conditions:

  • Agree to be monitored by the Community Corrections Program

  • Stay away from all Claymont schools

  • Find another location to stay other than the 237 Trenton Avenue home where they were when the alleged crime took place near the school on Trenton Avenue.

-Wear an electronic device to track their locations

  • Submit to random drug tests.

  • Engage in no criminal conduct.

  • Refrain from using alcohol and/or drugs that are not prescribed.

  • Stay within the court’s jurisdiction.

  • Stay off social media.

  • Follow a strict 8:00 p.m. curfew.

  • They cannot have cell phones.

  • No guests are permitted at their residence.

  • Cosens is required to work at a legal job.

The couple was arrested after posting a Facebook video where Cosens explained he was irritated that people were honking their horns as they drove past the workers. He also threatened to shoot the strikers and spoke about a plan to send the protesters contaminated cookies.

While police say the cookies were given to the school employees, no one ate them.

Both Cosens and Sharrock are charged with contaminating a substance for human consumption, a felony, as well as misdemeanors of complicity, disorderly conduct, and permitting drug abuse. Police have also indicated plans to seek a felony charge against Cosens for trafficking drugs in a school zone.

If convicted, each faces up to 11 years in prison for the felony count of contaminating a substance for human consumption. If convicted of other counts any sentences would likely be served consecutively.

The protesters have been on strike since mid-March after the Claymont City School District and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees failed to reach a contract negotiation.

 

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