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Assistant prosecutor pleads guilty

A Hancock County assistant prosecutor pleaded guilty today to two traffic charges filed following a March 1 hit-skip crash in Findlay.

Alex K. Treece, 39, of Findlay, admitted to leaving the scene of an accident and making an improper left turn, during his initial appearance in Findlay Municipal Court on the misdemeanor charges.

Appearing before visiting Judge Michael L.  Burkett, a retired municipal court judge from Fremont, Treece said he was guilty of the two offenses filed in connection with an accident that occurred March 1 at the intersection of Lima and Western avenues.

A witness told police a car, later found to have been driven by Treece, collided with another vehicle, then left the area. Treece was identified when the witness got the license plate number from the fleeing vehicle and contacted police, who went to Treece’s residence.

Judge Burkett, who was just assigned the case this week, said he wasn’t prepared to sentence Treece Thursday, but will within 30 days, after a pre-sentence report is prepared.

Treece faces up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail on the leaving the scene offense and up to a $150 fine on the turn violation.

He could also face a license suspension and be ordered to pay restitution.

Treece has been employed with the Hanocck County Prosecutor’s Office for 10 years, and is currently the chief criminal prosecutor.

On Wednesday, he was placed on administrative leave by Prosecutor Phil Riegle.



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