April 21, 2014

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Man who helped girl run away now faces delinquency charge

A 23-year-old Montville Township man convicted in May of helping a 15-year-old girl run away to Florida has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of another minor — a 16-year-old boy cited for violating curfew.

Maxwell D. Leibsla, formerly of 3687 Knots Landing, was stopped on North Huntington Street in Medina at about 4 a.m. June 16 on suspicion of driving drunk, according to Medina police Lt. David Birckbichler.

Maxwell Leibsla

Leibsla was not charged because a breath test showed a blood-alcohol level below the 0.08 state limit, Birckbichler said. But a passenger in the car, a 16-year-old boy, was cited for violating the city’s midnight curfew on weekends for 16- and 17-year-olds.

Birckbichler said a decision was made several days later to charge Leibsla with contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child — a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A Medina Municipal Court bench warrant was issued June 28 but has not yet been served.

Birckbichler said the new charge was not related to the earlier case, in which Leibsla was accused of transporting 15-year-old Jessica Kollar, of Medina, to Lake Worth, Fla.

The pair was arrested Feb. 2. Kollar’s family told police they last saw the girl, who was on probation, on Jan. 24.

On May 23, Leibsla pleaded no contest May 23 to interference with custody, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

He is scheduled for sentencing Monday. He has been free from the jail on 10 percent of a $25,000 bond since Feb. 20.

Leibsla was a part-time volunteer emergency medical technician with the Sharon Township Fire Department.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.