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Recommendation made in case involving ex-deputy accused of 'field-goal kicking' suspect's face

Cary Ashby • Jan 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A recommendation has been made as to whether charges should be filed against a former Huron County deputy accused of "field-goal kicking" a suspect's face.

Lynne Gast-King, the police prosecutor for Sandusky Municipal Court who is serving as a special prosecutor for this case, has told Norwalk law director Stuart O'Hara that she recommends no charges be filed against Joseph Leroux.

Now it's up to O'Hara to decide whether Leroux should be charged.

Leroux, 32, of New London, resigned in mid-November over an Oct. 30 incident in which he is accused of using excessive force in the arrest of Cleveland resident Jeremy Payne, the passenger in a high-speed pursuit suspect.

Sheriff Dane Howard has said Leroux's resignation was to avoid being fired.

Look for the full story in Thursday's Reflector.

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