ELYRIA — The Ohio Highway Patrol on Friday released three pages of documents related to its internal investigation of a former trooper at the Elyria post who allegedly lied to his superiors by claiming he wrote tickets when he did not.
Former trooper Corey Resendez resigned effective April 5 from the patrol, for which he had worked nearly seven years since graduating from the agency’s academy in August 2012, according to a two-sentence form resignation letter released by the patrol.
Resendez most recently was assigned to the Elyria post on Cletus Drive in Eaton Township. He was on administrative leave for the two months prior to his resignation while the patrol investigated the allegations against him.
In an indictment unsealed Thursday, a Lorain County grand jury found sufficient evidence to charge Resendez, 28, of Lorain, with one count each of forgery, a fifth-degree felony, and falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Investigators with the patrol’s Criminal Investigations Unit began a probe into Resendez on Feb. 1, according to an initial incident report.
Troopers launched an investigation into allegations of felony tampering with records and forgery, along with misdemeanor falsification of records for benefit, according to the incident report.
“The suspect submitted misleading official documents to the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” reads the one-
sentence summary of allegations against Resendez that set off the investigation. No other information was given in the summary.
Lt. Robert Sellers, a patrol spokesman, said Friday that no motorists were charged with violations they did not commit, and that there should not be any negative effects on their driving records or insurance based on Resendez’ actions.
In “falsifying arrears,” Resendez was “giving warning(s) to motorists and then claiming he wrote a ticket,” Sellers said.
Resendez led the Elyria post in drunken driving enforcement several years in a row, and was said to be “among the top five in the state in OVI enforcement on the monthly spotlight reports from Columbus,” according to a note in his personnel file.
Resendez was released on a personal recognizance bond and will be arraigned next week.
He is represented by attorney J. Anthony Rich, who said Thursday that he and his client are looking for a quick resolution to the case.
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said that Resendez is cooperating with prosecutors in the case.