Police sergeant arraigned on child porn charge

Charges stem from an incident involving a 14-year-old female victim, whom sergeant knew.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 9, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Friday the arrest of Youngstown Police Sergeant Robert Lodwick, after an investigation completed by the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

Lodwick was arraigned Friday afternoon on one count of importuning, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, a felony of the second degree. The charges stem from an incident involving a 14-year-old female victim, whom Lodwick knew.

BCI's Investigation Division and Crimes Against Children Unit began looking into the case when asked by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Office.

"We created our Crimes Against Children Unit for this exact reason," DeWine said. "No one should prey on a child, particularly not someone who is in a position of authority and trust."

Lodwick was arrested around 3 a.m. Friday, while on duty. The Youngstown Police Department assisted in the arrest.