A Villa Ridge man was arrested for allegedly damaging a St. Clair business owner’s vehicle.

Michael H. Long 36, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with first-degree property damage Monday, Oct. 29.

St. Clair Police were dispatched to a business in the 700 block of North Service Road in St. Clair July 24 about a dispute between a former employee and the owner the business at noon. During the investigation of the dispute, the business owner told police that Long had pushed a rolling toolbox into his 2017 Dodge Pickup Truck causing damage to the passenger side, according to Police Chief Bill Hammack. The incident was caught on camera.

Long was arrested at the scene and his bond was set for $2,000, according to Hammack.

Background

In December 2017, Long was found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women on three separate felony counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. The two-day trial was held before Judge Gael D. Wood. The charges stem from incidents that occurred in May 2014.

Authorities allege that Long gave alcohol to the victims, ages 14 and 15, and furnished them with child pornography before allegedly sexually abusing the boys. The incidents came to light when one of the teens told his parents about the encounters, authorities said.

Two of the victims were from the Villa Ridge/Pacific area, according to county detectives. The third was from St. Clair but has moved to another county since the incidents occurred.

Authorities said Long also is accused of violating an order of protection obtained by one of the victims. A county detective said the alleged sex acts occurred at the home of one of the victims while his parents were away. The statutory sodomy charges are Class C felonies, which carry a maximum sentence range of three to 10 years in prison.

Long was represented by Jessica H. Hoskins, Washington. In 2015, he was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury with four felony counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, and two felony counts of furnishing pornographic material to a minor.