Most public officials are honest folks who wouldn’t take a nickle from the public coffers.
You may not believe that, which is precisely why U.S. District Court Judge James Carr needed to show little leniency Thursday in sentencing former Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish to just over 11 years in a federal prison. Even bigger than Crish’s crimes of extortion and intimidation was his destruction of trust the public has in people in positions of authority.
Too many times in recent years we have seen church secretaries and book keepers stuff their pockets with cash. Crish did that and more. He sold out the badge he once wore proudly.
U.S. Attorney Gene Crawford was absolutely correct when he asked the court to send a message.
“The public watches what happens in these cases, and it is always a significant consideration when it comes to sentencing that the court sends the message that this type of activity will not be tolerated,” Crawford said.