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Sheriff: No charges justified

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

GREENWICH - Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland said the internal investigation of the suspected misconduct of two Greenwich police officers is complete, but doesn't appear to justify any charges.

"You have to have evidence to prove anything in a case, but that's not there," the sheriff said.

The two officers are accused of providing alcohol to two people over the age of 18, but under 21, during a Greenwich incident when the two men were off-duty, Sutherland said. He added that the allegations couldn't be substantiated.

The two officers, both of whom work full-time, are not being named because they haven't been charged. Both men originally were hired as part-time officers, one in June 2004, the other in June 2003.

About late June, Greenwich Mayor Gary Sprague instructed Interim Police Chief Shawn Craig to stop his initial investigation and hand the case over to the sheriff's office in order to get an impartial review. Sutherland assigned the case to Detective Sgt. Dane Howard sometime after July 4.

The detective completed his investigation this week and gave his report to the sheriff early Thursday afternoon. Sutherland, earlier this week, had not cleared Howard to discuss the case with the media, which the sheriff said again Thursday, Howard said.

Sutherland said he plans on setting up a meeting with Sprague, who has the ultimate in decision about whether to give the case to Greenwich Law Director Steve Palmer, who was unavailable for comment. Sutherland said this probe was the first time he could recall his office investigated allegations against other Huron County police officers.

Craig was out of town this morning and couldn't be reached for comment. Sprague, also unavailable today, has said he wouldn't comment until the investigation was complete and either charges were filed or dropped.

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