Wapakoneta mayor pleads not guilty

&#13 WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh was ordered Tuesday to surrender his passport and

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WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh was ordered Tuesday to surrender his passport and the deed to his dwelling whilst felony charges towards him — which includes theft in workplace and owning an illegal interest in a public deal — participate in out in courtroom.

Stinebaugh, 61, appeared Tuesday morning in Auglaize County Typical Pleas Courtroom for an arraignment listening to before Judge Patricia Cosgrove, a retired Summit County Frequent Pleas Court jurist who was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to preside above the case.

Pleas of not responsible were entered on behalf of the mayor and lifelong Wapakoneta resident to a person depend of theft in office environment, a 3rd-diploma felony eight counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, a fourth-diploma felony and 8 counts of conflict of fascination, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The Auglaize County grand jury submitted the indictment July 22 alleging Stinebaugh entered into illegal contracts with household members and a company lover. He’s also accused of acquiring Wapakoneta pay out for a sewer line to a assets that his non-public enterprise was establishing. The incident allegedly happened between 2016 and 2019.

Assistant Legal professional Common Micah Ault mentioned Stinebaugh “entered into a lot of contracts in which he or a family members member had an interest.” The ethics division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office performed the investigation into complaints in opposition to Stinebaugh.

Stinebaugh has managed his innocence and claimed following the indictments were being introduced that he was “looking ahead to clearing my identify.”

As circumstances of his $100,000 bond, in addition to putting his property up as collateral, the choose requested that Stinebaugh not depart Auglaize County and that he have no get in touch with with any persons or entities shown as victims in the indictment.

Cosgrove questioned Ault if the AG’s place of work meant to pursue a provision whereby a public place of work-holder may perhaps be briefly removed pending the resolution of felony fees. Ault stated his office has submitted a motion to initiate all those proceedings.

The Ohio Revised Code specifies that if a general public formal is charged with a felony, the attorney general might, if it is established the felony relates to the community official’s administration of or carry out in the efficiency of the responsibilities of the business, ahead a duplicate of the indictment to the main justice of the Ohio Supreme Court docket with a ask for that the main justice progress with the suspension approach.

If the public formal contests the suspension, the main justice is needed to appoint a unique fee comprised of a few retired justices or judges to look at the facts and circumstances similar to the offense charged.

A teleconference amongst the choose and attorneys was scheduled for Sept. 16 to update the status of filings in the situation.

Stinebaugh was elected mayor of Wapakoneta in November 2015, defeating Rodney Metz. He was re-elected in 2019.

Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh is flanked by his lawyers, David Thomas and Kathryn Wallrabsenstein, in the course of his arraignment hearing Tuesday in Auglaize County Prevalent Pleas Courtroom.

Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh, suitable, was arraigned Tuesday in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court docket. Stinebaugh’s attorney, David Thomas, entered pleas of not responsible to 17 felony and misdemeanor costs against his consumer.

Thomas Stinebaugh, suitable, confers with his legal professional, David Thomas, for the duration of Tuesday’s arraignment hearing in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.