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Galion Police Officer Suspended For Dereliction Of Duty

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 9/24/2013

A Galion police officer has been suspended for negligently handling evidence in a case according to Police Chief Brian Saterfield.

According to a press release issued by Chief Brian Saterfield, Officer John Bourne will receive 40 hours of his vacation time bank removed and 40 hours of unpaid suspension.

Bourne was accused of stealing money from a resident during an arrest on Aug. 4.

According to a police report, Bourne and fellow Officer Andrew Knee, went to a residence in the 300 block of Grove looking for a man wanted on a warrant. While at the residence the man went inside the home and admitted to police he flushed an eighth ounce of marijuana down the toilet.

The man was arrested by Officer Bourne on charges of tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. A total of $731 was seized from the man at the time of the arrest.

On Aug. 5, the Crawford County Prosecutor's Office decided they would not press charges and advised the police to release the man and return his property. It was discovered there was only $599 in the envelope.

The police department requested that the Crawford County Sheriff's Office open an investigation into the matter. Based upon evidence from the investigation that was presented to the county prosecutor's office, Bourne was charged with negligence under the dereliction of duty section of the Ohio Revised Code.

Saterfield said the investigation revealed there was no evidence that Bourne stole the money and the money was never found.

Bourne pleaded guilty last week to dereliction of duty, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, in Crawford County Common Pleas Court. Bourne must also pay $132 to the man he arrested.

Bourne has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 14. He will return to work Sept. 27.

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