LIMA — Former Fort Jennings Police Chief Michael P. Schleeter agreed Friday to surrender his police officer training certificate as part of a plea agreement that will see him enter a diversion program in lieu of a conviction on a charge of counterfeiting.
Schleeter, 44, appeared before Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed and entered a plea of guilty to the fourth-degree felony charge. The one-time police chief then accepted entry into the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s diversion program, where he will be required to perform community service, abide by all rules and regulations set in place by his program supervision and pay a monthly fee of $75 to participate in the program.
Schleeter, whose address is listed in court documents as Delphos, was arrested in early December by Allen County deputies on the one count of counterfeiting. According to police reports, the arrest was related to a complaint initially filed by Dollar General in Elida in September.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca King-Newman said length of Schleeter’s time on the diversion program will depend on the recommendation of program supervisors. “It’s usually more than a year,” King-Newman said.
Schleeter resigned in November after nearly two years on the job.