EL man wanted in Belmont County

LISBON – Wanted in Belmont County on charges of rape of a minor and gross sexual imposition, Alex J. Davtovich, 27, Puriton Avenue, East Liverpool, appeared in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Thursday regarding an interstate extradition, which has been requested by Belmont authorities.

During a Rule 4 hearing, Judge Mark Frost set bond for Davtovich at $150,000 cash or surety. Should he make bail, Davtovich would be required to appear in Belmont County Common Pleas Court one day after his release.

Davtovich has been in jail here since Nov. 22, charged with pandering in obscenity, pandering in sexually oriented material involving a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material and possessing criminal tools.

The charges in Belmont County are considered more serious, reportedly involving at least two children, one as young as 4 years old.