New charges filed against Union Township man

By Megan Alley - Sun Staff
Joseph Addison appeared in court on Aug. 22, 2018. -

New charges have been filed against the Union Township man accused of raping his daughter, a child, on a regular basis over the course of nearly eight years and then trying to hire a hit man to murder her and three witnesses.

The new charges, which were filed against Joseph Addison, 38, on Aug. 16, are two counts of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony, one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth degree felony, and two counts of rape, a first degree felony.

Court documents show that the gross sexual imposition charges stem from a Jan. 1, 2007, incident, and the two rape charges stem from an Aug. 7, 2003, incident.

The alleged incidents involved two additional victims, who are also children.

These latest charges are in addition to the original charges Addison is facing of seven counts of rape, a first degree felony, and one count of gross sexual imposition, a third degree felony, for alleged rape incidents that took place on Feb. 11, 2012, Feb. 11, 2013, Feb. 11, 2015, Feb. 11, 2016 – notably the same date each year, which is Addison’s daughter’s birthday – and Nov. 10, 2017.

Addison’s daughter was six or seven years old when the alleged incidents started, assistant prosecutor Scott O’Reilly said previously.

Addison tried to plea not guilty by reason of insanity, but after a psychiatric examination, the court found Addison competent to stand trial.

Addison is also indicted on charges – one count of conspiracy to commit murder and five counts of attempted aggravated murder, all felonies of the first degree – that he designed a “Murder for Hire” scheme.

He solicited the assistance of another inmate and set in motion the plan for the murders, according to Clermont County Sheriff Steve Leahy.

As it goes, Addison planned to have the other inmate kill the victim, her legal guardian and three other witnesses to eliminate testimony needed by the state for a successful prosecution.

Addison appeared in court on Aug. 22 in front of Judge Victor Haddad – who has been handling the case – for his plea or trial setting, but the case has been continued to Sept. 10 to await evidence.

Joseph Addison appeared in court on Aug. 22, 2018.
https://www.clermontsun.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Addison-court-competency-PIC-1.jpgJoseph Addison appeared in court on Aug. 22, 2018.

By Megan Alley

Sun Staff