Raymond A. Grogan, Jr.
Prosecuting Attorney

In September of 2017 Mr. Grogan was named the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney following the unexpected death of Prosecutor Brent Yager. In November, 2018, Mr. Grogan was elected by voters to retain the office.

As Prosecuting Attorney, Mr. Grogan is committed to aggressively prosecuting felony crimes against persons and property. He has also dramatically increased the filing of tax foreclosure cases.

Mr. Grogan is the proud father of two children and is married to Carrie Grogan. He is a member of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Marion County Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations. He formerly served on the Marion Civil Service Commission and Marion's Heart of Ohio Mentoring Board.

William J. Owen
First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

William J. Owen is the First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School. He was a former Law Enforcement Director for the Ohio Attorney General and former Assistant Prosecutor for Franklin and Delaware Counties. He is an Air Force Veteran with over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer.

Justin Frey
Assistant Prosecutor

Justin Frey grew up on a small farm in Union County where he raised sheep and worked for his family. After graduation Justin joined the Army as a Military Policeman. Justin was honorably discharged from the Army in 2010 and graduated from OSUM where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Military History in 2014. He went on to attend Capital University Law School where he received a Juris Doctor Degree in 2017. During law school Justin worked as a legal intern in the Mayor's Courts of Gahanna and Whitehall where he prosecuted criminal and traffic offenses. He also worked in the Capital University Legal Clinic. Following law school, Justin was an Assistant County Prosecutor in the juvenile division.

Nathan Heiser
Assistant Prosecutor

Nathan Heiser was raised in Marion, Ohio. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 2015. Prior to his admission, he attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in History. He attended Ohio Northern University Law School. After law school, Nathan practiced law in Marion in the fields of criminal defense, probate, and family law. Nathan then became a law clerk at the Third District Court of Appeals. Starting December 2017, he began work as the Juvenile Prosecutor and has also handled appeals.

Bailey Higgins
Assistant Prosecutor

Bailey Higgins was born and raised in Marion County, where she graduated from high school in 2011. Bailey graduated from Capital University, where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in Political Science and Public Administration. She attended the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University and received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2018. During law school, Bailey was a law clerk for the Hardin County Probate Judge and worked at Allen County Prosecutor’s Office as legal intern in the criminal and juvenile divisions.

Justin Kahle
Assistant Prosecutor

Justin Kahle is a graduate from the University of Findlay, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 2011. He attended the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University and graduated in 2014. During his third year of law school, Mr. Kahle worked for the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office as a legal intern. He currently represents the Marion County Children Services Board and handles cases involving abused, neglected and/or dependent children.

Adam Laugle
Assistant Prosecutor

Mr. Laugle was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2014.  His career experience includes clerking for Honorable Judge Mary Wiseman of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, working as a civil prosecutor in Montgomery County, being the in-house counsel to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, and working in private practice as a civil litigator.  Mr. Laugle has successfully argued civil cases before Ohio courts of appeals, including an appeal overturning a lower court decision on the basis that it violated the Ohio Constitution.  He has represented political subdivisions in federal lawsuits and other complex litigation, including federal 1983 claims, eminent domain cases, tax collections, actions in mandamus and other extraordinary writs, foreclosures, nuisance abatements, and tort claims.  Other career experience includes negotiating management-side employment contracts, providing regulatory guidance for various county entities, and advising on Robert’s Rules of Order and the Ohio Sunshine Laws.

John Nieft
Assistant Prosecutor

John Nieft was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He traveled to the University of Miami in Florida for his undergraduate degree - a BA in Psychology. He returned to Ohio to work in mental health for two years and then went to the University of Toledo School of Law. He passed the Ohio bar exam in 2011. He was an assistant prosecutor in Richland County from 2011 to 2015. He then travelled to Athens County to be a Staff Attorney for JFS and child support. In March of 2019, he joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Jennifer Ryan
Assistant Prosecutor

Jennifer Ryan was born and raised in Columbus Ohio. She attended Carnegie Mellon University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Policy and Management with an additional major in Psychology. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, she attended law school at Capital University. She has gone on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Management with a National Security concentration from the University of Maryland University College in 2017. Most of her career she has spent investigating or prosecuting criminal offenses. Jennifer is also a decorated member of the United States Army JAG Corps. She has citations for the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

John M. Scott Jr.
Assistant Prosecutor

John M. Scott, Jr earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Write State University. Later, he received his Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science. Finally, he earned his law degree from the University of Toledo-College of Law in 1994. John taught Criminal Law and Torts classes at RETS College. He is a former Prosecuting Attorney for the Washington Court House with an extensive amount of experience as a Prosecuting Attorney