WAPAKONETA — A former Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office road officer who resigned in March amid allegations of assault and sexual imposition currently is serving a 10-day sentence in the Auglaize County jail after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge.
Brian Vernon, a former sheriff’s deputy, was the target of an investigation into an incident that allegedly occurred during the evening hours of Dec. 9 and early morning hours of Dec. 10 while Vernon was off-duty.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said that once his office was made aware of the allegations, Vernon was immediately placed on administrative leave. An outside agency conducted an investigation into the matter and on Vernon voluntarily resigned from the sheriff’s office on March 5.
Formal charges subsequently were filed against Vernon, including assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.
On May 11 Vernon appeared in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court in front of retired Judge Daniel Hogan of Franklin County, sitting by assignment, and entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors. Vernon agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault in exchange for the state’s dismissal of the remaining counts.
Vernon was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 170 days suspended. He was also placed on probation for five years; was ordered to stay away from the victim in the case, as well as the victim’s family; was ordered to maintain full-time employment; complete drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and to complete any recommended treatment.
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