Putnam County officers under state investigation

OTTAWA (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General has assigned a special prosecutor to investigate law enforcement and corrections officers in the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

The Lima News reports Assistant Attorney General Micah Ault has been appointed to investigate the sheriff’s office.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said the state agency must be asked by a county prosecutor before a special prosecutor is appointed.

A corrections officer was placed on leave in March for telecommunications harassment. A deputy sheriff and a corrections officer were placed on leave last month for sexual misconduct on duty. Another deputy is on leave for misusing a computer database.

The Putnam County prosecutor and sheriff declined to comment about the investigation.


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