LIMA — A former Lima policeman appeared in court briefly Wednesday morning to waive his constitutional right to speedy trials in two separate and distinctly different felony cases.
A tentative trial date of May 25 was set for Christopher Lemke, 33.
Lemke was fired from the Lima Police Department in May after being indicted by an Allen County grand jury on 12 counts of the unauthorized use of law enforcement automated database system.
In November he appeared in court on new charges and entered not guilty pleas to counts of abduction, a third-degree felony with a firearm specification attached, and one fourth-degree felony count of disrupting public services.
Those charges were the result of an Aug. 17 incident during which police say their former fellow officer fired his gun into the air and restrained his estranged wife and their children from leaving their property.
According to the indictment in May, 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.”
Those charges are felonies of the fifth degree.