Ohio’s top court will hear Harrison appeal


First Posted: 5/22/2008

COLUMBUS - The Ohio Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a former area police chief, the justices ruled Wednesday.

David L. Harrison, who served as police chief in Wapakoneta from 1988 to 2002, appealed his conviction on multiple child pornography-related charges to the state's high court in February. Ohio's 12th District Court of Appeals in Middletown in December rejected Harrison's appeal on the grounds, including double jeopardy, lack of jurisdiction and ineffective assistance of counsel.

It was unclear from the Supreme Court decision which propositions of law the court has agreed to hear.

Harrison's attorney, Dean Boland, of Lakewood, said he was pleased with the court's decision to hear the case.

Harrison was sentenced to six years in prison in 2006 after a Madison County jury convicted him on 15 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, two counts of unauthorized use of property and one count of theft in office.

Harrison is currently incarcerated in the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. He is set for release in August of 2012, according to an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Web site.

Read more about this story in Friday's The Lima News.

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