No charges to be filed against Norwalk police officer

Law director rules domestic violence charge is not warranted.
Scott Seitz
Jun 28, 2013


Mansfield Law Director John Spon announced Thursday charges will not be filed against a Norwalk police officer accused of striking his girlfriend, a Huron County corrections officer, in the eye with a 20-ounce soda-pop bottle.

"The entire alleged event took place in four seconds," Spon said. "There was simply insufficient evidence. Whatever occurred did not rise to the level of a charge being filed."

Spon said Richland County Sheriff's Capt. Eric Bosko did an "outstanding" job on the investigation, which dated back to April.

"And, it can't be proven whether the alleged incident took place in Huron County or Richland County," Spon said.

The female corrections officer was the Norwalk police officer's girlfriend, Spon said, when the alleged incident took place. The Reflector is not naming the officers since there will be no charges.

Spon said there were a number of stories indicating how the corrections officer received not only a black eye, but also what he called a separate "blemish" on her cheek.

Those stories included the Norwalk officer giving her the blemish in self-defense, the woman receiving the mark in an argument with her daughter and the injury coming from an automobile crash the women reportedly had in her own driveway.

"There was a report that she struck (the Norwalk officer) first with a 4-ounce plastic container," Spon said. "There were two or three versions as to how she got the blemish.

"We met with both parties and questioned both separately," he said, adding medical records did not support the woman's claims.

"Also, after the alleged incident, (she) returned to Norwalk with (the Norwalk officer) and stayed at his residence with him for the night," Spon said.

"There was inconsistency among all the statements," Spon said. "So, we decided we will not approve any charges."

Spon offered a bit of advice for the parties involved.

"As law director, having reviewed a very-detailed investigation, I suggest both the chief of police in Norwalk and the Huron County Sheriff's Office have serious discussions with both (the corrections officer) and (Norwalk officer) reminding them that they are involved in public service as a corrections officer and police officer," Spon said. "They need to conduct themselves accordingly as a condition of ongoing employment."



Based on the evidence, Mr. Spon did the right thing in not filing charges. The real tragedy is that too many other domestic violence charges are filed when there is insufficient evidence as well. Law enforcement is too quick to arrest first and ask questions later when it comes to domestic violence. Too many lies are told and situations exaggerated. Too many people manipulate the system to "punish" their partner when no law has been broken. People's lives are ruined because of the "arrest first, ask questions later" mentality. Our system is not suppose to work that way. No one should be arrested until there is at least some evidence of a crime and the all too often lies of a hysterical alleged victim should not be enough to arrest someone who is probably innocent. We need to fix the way most domestic violence cases are handled by law enforcement.


@mike4958, You are obviously to emotionally immature and ill informed to be posting. Please read up on rules and procedures as well as State statutes.


I seen him at walmart buying a new pack of wife beaters


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I_WONDER & SLIM..W you both are idiots, FYI.. i have a family member who is an attorney, so i'm well informed on the ohio revised code. THANK YOU ! and slim for you i don't buy at wally world & if i did wear wife beaters i'd look so good that your wife would leave you for me.....still butt heads !


I have friends who are cops. I have asked them about DV laws. They say, "Whomever calls, gets to stay home and the other goes to jail. SOMEBODY is going to jail. It's the law."


@mike4958, Step way from the keyboard and breathe. This an adult conversation. Put your head down and color in your book. When you can discuss fact and logic with research please let us know.