Former Captain Terry Hamilton Sentenced To Year Of Probation

  • 5/16/2019 5:47:35 PM
  • Joe Lyons
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - Terry Hamilton, a retired Captain of the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, appeared in Ashland Municipal Court Thursday morning regarding charges stemming from his arrest in December of 2018.

The trial began Thursday at 9:00 AM and quickly turned into a plea deal. Five charges were filed as a result of Hamilton's arrest on December 31st, 2018, after he was recorded offering money in exchange for sexual acts while sitting in Buehler's parking lot.

Two counts of Solicitation were cited, one for offering $119.00 for one sex act and $100.00 for another.

Two counts of Falsification were charged, after Hamilton lied to law enforcement during the sting. According to the charges, Hamilton also lied to METRICH Detectives during the interview at the station.

One count of Possession of Criminal Tools was charged for the cell phone Hamilton used in the commission of a crime.

Hamilton plead no contest to one count of solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor. Judge Tom Budd accepted Hamilton’s plea and asked Hamilton if he would like to say anything before he passes sentencing, even though he wasn’t required to.

Hamilton told the Judge that he has lost two jobs because of this and added he will probably lose his private investigator license. Hamilton said he has likely lost between $20,000 to $25,000, and it has caused a lot of problems with his family.

Hamilton continued, “I am sorry for embarrassing this court, my reputation in the county and with everybody else... I’m sorry.”

Hamilton was sentenced to one year of probation by Judge Tom Budd, along with 60 days in jail, but suspended the 60 days with one-year probation, and 200 hours of community work service and to pay $350 in fines plus court costs.

In conclusion, Judge Tom Budd addressed the court and Mr. Hamilton by stating, “I want the record to show that the fact that you have accepted responsibility by entering a plea to this charge is very important to the court and that the sentence I have given today is consistent with sentences given to other individuals in the community who have pled to similar charges... It is not better, nor is it worse than anybody else has received. You have been treated, I think, fairly in this matter.”

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