Norwalk cop being investigated for alleged abuse of girlfriend

Alleged victim is a local corrections officer.
Cary Ashby
Apr 29, 2013

A Norwalk police sergeant is being investigated in connection with giving his girlfriend, a local corrections officer, a black eye.

Richland County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Bosko opened the investigation Friday because the suspected incident happened in his jurisdiction.

"We've done the interviews. We're in the initial stages," said Bosko, who declined to say what's left do with his investigation.

Once the probe is completed, Bosko will forward his findings to the Mansfield law director for review. He said prosecutors there will determine if there is probable cause to pursue criminal charges.

"I've already been in touch with them," said Bosko, the head of the Richland County criminal division.

The sergeant, who isn't being named because he hasn't been charged, declined to comment. He referred further questions to Chief Dave Light or Capt. Mike Conney. Both men couldn't be reached for comment Sunday.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office uncovered the abuse allegations when Deputy John Vogel responded to an unruly juvenile complaint at the corrections officer's home April 13.

"One of our deputies responded to a disturbance call -- on an unruly juvenile complaint. She lives in the eastern end of the county," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said. "Her daughter was just being unruly."

Vogel noticed the woman had a black eye, he said.

"It appeared to be a week old. ... The other eye looked like it was about to turn black," Patrick said.

"She didn't want to comment on it," he added. "The daughter stepped up and she said (her mother) got hit by a Norwalk officer she's dating."

Upon returning from the call, Vogel reported what he saw to his commanding officers.

The woman returned from sick leave April 16 after being off work for about a week. Patrick said Lt. Chris Stanfield, the woman's supervisor, asked her if her sick leave was related to having a black eye.

"When he asked her about the black eye, she said she was assaulted by (the Norwalk officer)," Patrick said.

"We contacted Chief Light right away," he said. "We let him know there was this allegation."

The woman is back at work. The suspect remains on active duty.

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truthbetold77

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b.wolford

Y does the paper remove my comments or others that said his name

truthbetold77

They act like people are dumb and cant figure out who it is.

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swiss cheese kat

The name is posted on facebook.

OHIOHOOSIER76

Regardless if the NR removed the named posts or not, it is now up to Chief Light and the union to do something about this or the city and the department's stance on domestic violence is garbage.

Ehovemom

By the looks of it, the Reflector needs to disable comments if they don't want the officer named until charges are filed. They cannot seem to keep up with delete key.

Thumper

All I can say is "What kind of man are you to hit a woman?" Do you feel like a tough guy? My god...Whoever you are, you are nothing but a worthless coward and I hope Dave does not put up with this bull if this is true. I have no use for any man hitting on a woman, walk away if you feel the urge to hit.

four

Send this article to the SANDUSKY REGISTER they will camp on this officers front lawn.

Sitting In The ...

Yeah because we all know woman never lie.....

THEORY86

Here's the question...according to the article the corrections officer had 2 black eyes...one that looked to be a week old and the other starting to turn black...which means a fresh hit..HMMMM...sounds to me like the "unruly teen" may have played a part in that. Isnt that why the cops were out there in the first place? This whole thing sounds a little fishy. Everybody seems to b coming down on the cop when nobody knows the whole story...from what ive read this guy has done a lot for the community as far as busting dirt bags and druggies. And FYI women make this crap up all the time out of spite...

free and clean 2 yrs

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KnuckleDragger

Yeah, she would. I've seen it happen in my own extended family. They call the cops and by the time they get there the guilt sets in. Then they recant the whole story. Ask any cop, they will tell you it happens more often than not when it comes to a parent calling on their kids.

Sitting In The ...

Is it possible she didn't report the first instance?

free and clean 2 yrs

This same cop stabbed my brother in the leg with a pencil in high school. and allegedly beat up his grandma in high school also. the pencil is for sure true. my mom and grandma told me years ago about him and his grandma. im glad they both got what they deserve also.. her messing around with inmates and getting loud with the female inmates for talking to the boys there.. thats why she only works in front in booking. she isnt allowed near other inmates anymore.

KnuckleDragger

So we are going back to high school? How juvenile of you. Some people never grow up.

b.wolford

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THEORY86

I have literally not heard or read anything about that. Excessive violence? When? Who? If so how did he become a Sgt? I have only read good things about him in the paper. You shouldnt b so quick to judge and slander a person who puts his life on the line protecting people like YOU. And if the excessive violence is towards a scumbag or a person resisting who cares! They deserve it! And hey, you never know, you may someday need "sgt fatty". I fully expect you will not call the cops tho...??

josefsmoe

Officers of the law should be held to a higher standard. Zero tolerance.

My personal dealings with this particular officer cause me to believe he does not have the right mental make up to properly service the community. He is a bully and, flat out, a jerk. I have lived in Norwalk for more than 30 years and he is the most widely disliked and disrespected public servant I can remember. Never found anyone complimentary of him. I figure this will probably be deleted. But, I do not intend this as a personal attack, I see it more as a statement of fact.

b.wolford

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b.wolford

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four

a man a badge a beating? Where is his chief during all this crap? Why are all the other departments looking into this but not Norwalk? Chief's favorite?

UseYourHeadNumbNuts

Its Nice to know that half of Norwalk's simpletons know how to use a computer. Does anyone else think that there might be a little more to the story? The reflector mentions the word "Cop" or "public servant" and people jump to condemn them. I trust that there's a reason the Chief hasn't acted on this, and those of you that are casting your judgements might end up owing him an apology when this is all over.

Estrella Damm

Where there is smoke, there is fire. His reputation precedes him.

THEORY86

I agree...with UseYourHead that is...

JakeMac25

I don't know the officer personally and don't need or want to. The bottom line is simple. The Norwalk Reflector runs smears compaigns consistantly against innocent citizens (remeber its innocent until proven guilty) before charges have been filed. They have no problem running off with a camera so they can post pics of the Sheriff's dept. doing live action bust of people who have not been charged yet. I'm consistantly reading about people on here that did this or that without charges being filed. It sounds like this officer has a past that has been marred with domestic violence. I didn't to that to him and I don't believe anyone else did either. He did, he made that choice. In my own opinion this story shouldn't even be in here. This should have been handle by the NPD until all the details were available and charges were filed. If not, you print a story like this and sure people may read it but it's causing division in small town that already is dealing with enough other issues. If the Norwalk Reflector is going to report on this then they need to do what they do for everyone else. Print the guys name and post a picture.

TOPGUN01

THIS COP HAS DONE A DAM GOOD JOB HIS WHOLE LIFE!!!! AND IF A COP IS CHARGED OR ACCUSED OF WRONG DOING JUST 1 TIME ???PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT ALL THE GOOD HE HAS DONE!IT,S SUCH A SHAME.YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A COP HAS TO DEAL WITH EVERY DAY! WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE A GREAT LINE OF COP,S IN THIS TOWN!!GOD BLESS THEM ALL

nikki6279

I read articles in the paper all the time where this cop puts his a$$ on the line dealing with the heroin addicts. I can only commend someone who deals with that all the time. You never know when some junkie will pull a gun or a knife...

Brownsfan00

So your saying that he deserves a free pass for beating on his spouse, just because the things he goes though in his line of work? First and foremost, he chose that profession, and there is nothing he can say or do that condones that behavior. No excuse, you practice what you preach.

THEORY86

Where's the proof?? Where?? Where can I go and look up this "domestic abuse" stuff? Are you just flapping or is this true and documented? Because if true..its documented and open for public viewing via Norwalk Courthouse Records. Get crackin'...copy and paste the site so we may all view it...

Brownsfan00

Apparently you are completely lost to what I was talking about. Before showing your ignorance, read what I was replying to.

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