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Ohio island police chief accused of ignoring sexual assault claims to go on trial in October

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PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — An Ohio police chief accused of ignoring sexual assault claims is slated to go on trial in October.

The police chief in the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay is scheduled for trial in Ottawa County Municipal Court in northwest Ohio.

Put-in-Bay Chief Ric Lampela has been on paid administrative since being charged with four misdemeanor counts, including dereliction of duty and falsification.

He's 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.

Lampela hasn't returned messages seeking comment on the charges.

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