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Probation officer facing charges put on leave


ELYRIA — A probation officer with Lorain County Adult Probation has been placed on unpaid administrative leave after being indicted on misdemeanor charges last week.

Bryan Thomas, who has been with Adult Probation since April 2010, initially was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-February, according to Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Cook.

Last week, a Lorain County grand jury indicted Thomas on misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty, sexual imposition and menacing, according to court documents.

Since the indictment did not include any felony counts, the case will be sent to Elyria Municipal Court.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said he was unable to discuss the investigation into the alleged offenses committed by Thomas, since the case will be handled by the lower court.

“Based on the true-bill indictment, we felt it was in the best interest of the department to place Mr. Thomas on unpaid administrative leave,” Cook said. “We will monitor the situation and take further action as necessary.”

Judge Raymond Ewers, who serves as the administrative judge for the General Division, appointed Cook to oversee the investigation of Thomas.

In March, Cook said he wasn’t able to discuss the specifics of the investigation, but he said it involved “some potential irregularities” in Thomas’ work performance. Cook also said at the time it seemed best to remove Thomas from his position but still pay him because there’d “been no disciplinary action yet.”

Thomas remained on paid leave longer than expected because the investigation took longer than anticipated, according to Cook. He also said he was unable to give further information about what the investigation determined.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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