More charges dropped against former highway patrol commander in Marietta

Associated Press

MARIETTA — A judge has dismissed charges of unauthorized use of a law enforcement database against a former Ohio State Highway Patrol post commander.

The Marietta Times reports William Elschlager still faces one count of tampering with records and six counts of theft. Stalking and abduction charges against him were dismissed last month. Authorities accused the 48-year-old Elschlager of stalking a subordinate’s wife after an affair and accessing personal information about 10 other women from the database.

The remaining charges concern allegations he stole guns set to be destroyed while a patrol sergeant in Delaware County.

The newspaper reports the prosecutor in southeast Ohio’s Washington County wouldn’t say why the database-related counts were dismissed. Elschlager’s trial has been scheduled to start Monday.

Elschlager’s attorney didn’t return messages seeking comment Tuesday.

Associated Press

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