Former Lima police officer arrested … again

By J Swygart -



LIMA — A former Lima police officer was arrested last week for the second time this year after he allegedly fired shots from a handgun into the air and kept his wife and children from leaving their property.

Christopher Lemke, 33, was taken into custody on Aug. 20 and was booked into the Allen County Jail on one count of abduction. The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to 5525 St. Johns Road in reference to a menacing complaint on Aug. 17. Dispatchers advised deputies that a male subject, later identified as Lemke, was in possession of a handgun and had fired shots into the air. Upon their arrival, deputies were given conflicting statements. Lemke’s wife was able to leave the residence after deputies arrived and a report was forwarded to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau for further review.

Lemke was fired from the Lima Police Department earlier this year following his indictment by a grand jury on charges related to the illegal use of a government data base.

Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said in May that department officials had “received a complaint regarding possible criminal activity” on Lemke’s part and that the grand jury “found possible cause to believe that activity had occurred.”

According to the 12-count indictment returned against Lemke, the veteran police officer “did knowingly gain access to, attempt to gain access to, cause access to be granted to or disseminate information gained from access of the law enforcement automated database system … without the consent of the chair of the law enforcement automated data system steering committee.”

The charges are all felonies of the fifth degree. The incidents allegedly occurred between Jan. 2 and Oct. 16 of 2019, according to the indictment.


By J Swygart

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