A former state trooper pleaded guilty today to theft in office and two other charges during a hearing in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
Dean W. Laubacher, of Findlay, entered the pleas to theft in office, a fifth-degree felony, and to unauthorized use of property, a dereliction of duty, both misdemeanors.
He will be sentenced Aug. 22 by Judge Reginald Routson.
Laubacher, 50, had been indicted last year for an employment-related crime that occurred while he was still employed with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He has since retired from the state.
The original charge was amended, however, today to also include the two misdemeanor offenses, all stemming from a Nov. 15, 2015 incident in Findlay.
The unauthorized use offense involved his improper use of a state computer and the dereliction offense resulted because he recklessly failed to perform a job duty or broke the law.
Details of the offenses were not available in court documents today, and Special Prosecutor Daniel Kasaris of the State Attorney Generals Office refused comment after the hearing.
Laubacher, who has already agreed to make restitution on theft count in the amount of $2,894, faces possible prison or jail time, and fines, when sentenced, but could also be placed on probation.
He has been free on bond since being indicted.
Kasaris told the court that Laubacher has already relinquished his peace officer certificate.
Laubacher is being represented by Toledo attorney Robert A. Miller, who could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Laubacher had joined the patrol in September 1987 as a cadet dispatcher and was first assigned to the Findlay post after his graduation from the patrol academy.
He was transferred to the Lima post drug interdiction team in February 1995, promoted to the rank of sergeant in August 1997. He later served as criminal patrol supervisor at the Findlay post and had also worked at the Walbridge and Fremont patrol posts.
During his career, Laubacher earned three ACE awards for excellence in auto larceny enforcement; five certificates of recognition; two traffic/drug interdiction team trooper of the years honors; and two criminal patrol awards