Ex-Ohio Highway Patrol post commander pleads in sex case


CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio State Highway Patrol post commander has pleaded guilty to reduced charges after being accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl at his son’s high school graduation party.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2gRq3KC) 45-year-old Brant Zemelka, of Middlefield, agreed to plead guilty Monday to obstruction of official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child after being indicted on two counts of gross sexual imposition for an incident at a party in May.

The Geauga County judge ordered Zemelka to report to jail Sunday after Zemelka asked to begin serving his sentence soon. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 11.

Zemelka’s attorney said in court that the incident has affected Zemelka, his family and the victim.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html

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