Man accused of sex-related crimes in court


A Tiffin man accused of sex-related crimes involving an 11-year-old girl appeared for a hearing before Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley Tuesday.

James W. Kizer IV, 41, was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of attempted rape, both special felonies; one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a second-degree felony; and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

A court spokeswoman said he pleaded not guilty to all of the counts, and his bond was set at $500,000, with a 10-percent allowance. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

Alex Treece was appointed as Kizer’s attorney, the court spokeswoman said.

Kizer allegedly attempted to engage in sexual conduct and had sexual contact with a girl between October 2016 and December 2017, according to his indictment.

In 2013, he allegedly had material showing a child in a state of nudity, it states.

If convicted of attempted rape, Kizer would face a mandatory indefinite prison term of a minimum of five years and a maximum term of 25 years and/or a fine up to $15,000, according to his indictment.