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Ohio island police chief accused of ignoring sexual assault claims is put on paid leave


PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — The police chief in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay is on paid administrative leave after being charged with four misdemeanor counts, including dereliction of duty and falsification.

Chief Ric Lampela is accused of blocking an investigation into sexual assault claims against an officer more than a decade ago and lying to investigators. State and county investigators say Lampela refused to look into sexual assault claims from two employees and hoped to prevent negative publicity for the department.

Village Mayor Margaret Scarpelli tells The Sandusky Register ( ) says Lampela was put on leave Monday and must stay away from police business for now.

Lampela hasn't returned a message seeking comment on the charges.

Information from: Sandusky Register,$sch=frontpage?frontpage

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