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Village fires Ohio island police chief accused of ignoring sexual assault claims


PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — The police chief in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay is out of a job nearly six months after he was charged with blocking an investigation into sexual assault claims against an officer.

The village council in Put-in-Bay voted to fire police Chief Ric Lampela on Monday.

He had been on paid administrative leave after being charged in February with dereliction of duty, falsification and other misdemeanors.

Lampela attended the council hearing on Monday but would not answer questions, citing the court case against him. He hasn't returned messages seeking comment on the charges.

State and county investigators have said that Lampela refused to look into sexual assault claims from two employees and hoped to prevent negative publicity for the department.

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