• Scioto County Sheriff's Office

Portsmouth Man Arrested for Rape, Drug Trafficking and Permitting Drug Abuse

NEWS RELEASE

June 1, 2022



Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman stated that his office was contacted by the

Portsmouth Police Department, May 27th , 2022, in reference to a sexual assault report. The

Sheriff’s Office was advised that the victim was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center for

treatment, then transported to Adena Health Systems in Waverly, Ohio for a sexual assault

examination.


Sheriff Thoroughman stated that Detective Sergeant Jodi Conkel, working jointly with the Scioto

County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit and the Portsmouth Police Department, was

assigned the case for further investigation.


During the investigation detectives were able to conduct interviews which resulted in the suspect

being located at his address, 2124 8th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio. As a result, the suspect was

arrested without incident.


Sheriff Thoroughman stated that during the investigation detectives received information of drug

abuse and drug trafficking occurring at this location.


Arrested was George Case Sanderlin, age 45, of 2124 8th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio. Sanderlin has

been charged with two counts of Rape, a felony of the 1st degree, one count of Permitting Drug

Abuse, a felony of the 5th degree, and one count of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the 5th

degree. Sanderlin appeared in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, and is

currently being held on a $120,000 bond.


Sheriff Thoroughman stated that this is still an ongoing investigation that could result in more

charges being presented to the Scioto county Grand Jury on a later date.


Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.