Ex-Mansfield cop found guilty of bribery

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MANSFIELD — Former city police Officer David Minard pleaded guilty Wednesday to bribery.

Minard, a 16-year veteran of the force, could receive up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine at his Aug. 13 sentencing. He accepted money from a drug dealer in exchange for tipping off the dealer about investigations.

Minard’s trial was scheduled to start Tuesday.

“The case was very well done,” said police Chief Dino Sgambellone. “I’m not surprised that it didn’t go to trial.”

METRICH Commander Lt. Ken Coontz handled the investigation.

“It is unfortunate. It’s certainly not representative of our department,” Sgambellone said. “The fact that we were able to identify the conduct and do an investigation should instill a sense of confidence in the community.”

Richland County First Assistant Prosecutor Brent Robinson previously provided details of the case.

“… he had borrowed money from a known drug dealer, then in lieu of payment, he had provided information to that drug dealer about criminal investigations against the drug dealer,” Robinson said. “He accepted a valuable benefit. It corrupted him because he was giving out confidential information about law enforcement investigations of this individual.”

The conduct occurred between Sept. 1 and Feb. 8. The amount of the loan was $1,500.

“The dates are broad because we start with the date of the loan and go all the way through until the loan doesn’t exist anymore,” Robinson said.

Police received a tip that a separate loan existed with a person who had been involved in the criminal justice system, leading to an internal investigation.

Sgambellone confronted Minard with the information Feb. 8, at which time Minard resigned.

Since June 2010, Minard had been a K-9 officer, partnered with a German shepherd named Tyson. The dog has been reassigned to Officer Sara Mosier.

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8 Responses to Ex-Mansfield cop found guilty of bribery

  1. buckeyesyd says:

    Ashley Susan Lemiszki

    Wowwwww.

    Is this all you could say???????

  2. buckeyesyd says:

    Shayne Marhofer · Olivesburg, Ohio
    Did they indict the drug dealer

  3. buckeyesyd says:

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    i thought a cop was to get double time for crimes

    Phil Sydnor · School of Hard Knocks
    Actually depending on WHO he knows, he more than likely will get “immunity” or “professional courtesy”, not double time for crimes. Like gambling, it’s legal depending on who you are!

  4. buckeyesyd says:

    Shatarius MsMone’t Anderson · Cleaning at Sears
    Well if they lock him up thn they need to investigate the rest of the dirty cops up there and gt rid of them too. Cause im sure its alot more thn jus him!!!!

  5. buckeyesyd says:

    Kim Conn · Top commenter
    money …….drugs……..by by……….all he ever worked for gone……family will suffer now,,,no job,,,,,,,thats what money does and drugs cant get enough,,,,,to smart for his own good ,did not think he himself would get caught

  6. buckeyesyd says:

    John Hess · Top commenter · Crestline, Ohio
    He should serve jail time ..nothing worse than a corrupt cop…but the way it’s usually handled around here… he wont see the other side of the bars…

  7. buckeyesyd says:

    Rita Adams · Top commenter
    He s probley been doing it for the whole 16 years he’s been with them,and this is the one they found out about.!! And god knows he’s not the only corrupt cop either…!!!

  8. buckeyesyd says:

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    “It is unfortunate. It’s certainly not representative of our department,” Sgambellone said. “The fact that we were able to identify the conduct and do an investigation should instill a sense of confidence in the community.”

    Not many will believe this statement! – This is the “status quo”, and there’s MORE to go!

    Mansfielders with a Perspective – where people go who are SICK of this! –

    Phil Sydnor · Top commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    Join MP’s here! – https://www.facebook.com/groups/112700505521062/

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