Guilty plea from Butler police chief Bob Ball – Update 030214, Judge DeWeese says no!

Bob Ball guilty

BUTLER — The Butler police chief is expected to surrender his peace officer certificate at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at his sentencing hearing.

Bob Ball entered a guilty plea Wednesday at a hearing in Judge James Henson Richland County courtroom.

Retired Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Darby has been serving as acting Village of Butler police chief. Ball, who is part-time Butler police chief, was placed on paid leave from the police department April 30, 2011.

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara read a plea agreement which included reducing Ball’s five fifth-degree felonies of unauthorized use of property to “attempted use,” making them misdemeanors. He also was charged with three counts of forging identification cards, each a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to the indictment, Ball was issuing identification cards and badges to individuals who were not police officers.

Ball could face a possible 18 months in jail and $8,000 in fines, although the state is not seeking incarceration or restitution.

Ball’s attorney Steven Bell said his client is devastated by the end of his law enforcement career.

“This will end the career of a long-serving and highly respected public employee,” Bell said. “It’s unfortunate that these are the kinds of charges that are going to cause the end of his career in law enforcement.”

Bell said Ball’s job at the Richland County Coroner’s Office as an investigator should not be affected.

Ball has an associate’s degree in criminal justice and has worked in law enforcement nearly since the day he received it.

“We’re happy to have reached a resolution in this matter which has gone on for too long,” Bell said.

Wearing a green and white striped button-down shirt and khakis, Ball stood with his hands clasped, only briefly answering the few questions he was asked.

Prosecutor Dean Holman declined to comment until the Nov. 14 sentencing. Until then, Ball will remain on a personal recognizance bond of $2,500.

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COMMENTS FROM THE MNJ SITE;

Jessica Fraley · Mansfield, Ohio

To everyone with an opinion: every single person who has made a comment on here has at some time done something they are not proud of…that include joan thompson, charlene yarger and donald huffman. Basically this boils down to it doesnt matter how much you like mr. Ball or dislike mr ball and trash him on here the court and legal system has decided what his punishment will be not you! I mean really people you are concerned about this matter….get a life seriously…didnt see you all groaning about oj simpson gettig set free after commiting murder, furthermore that stuff happens everyday… To joan thompson charlene yarger and donald huffman i appreciate your well founded concern for your community and i praise your efforts to rid your community of wrong doers, and you concern for your hard earned tax dollars. I to have the same desires how about we concern ourselves with real problems? For example the gross waste of money in the department of rehabilitation and corrections: what about a fight against drugs, or an even greater cause lets ban together to ensure the laws for rapists and child molestors get reformed? Do you know that a person can rape an innocent child and spend less time in prison than someone that sells marijuana. It costs $51,000 + a yr to house an inmate in jail. Or are those issues not worthy of your concern.

Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio

well id say mabe bob ball should should look into the gross waste of money in the department of rehabilitation and corrections: what about a fight against drugs, or an even greater cause lets ban together to ensure the laws for rapists and child molestors get reformed? Do you know that a person can rape an innocent child and spend less time in prison than someone that sells marijuana. It costs $51,000 + a yr to house an inmate in jail. being the fact that he aint to far from getting put in there…..

Debi Brooks Brokaw · Owner-Operator at Eagle Enterprises LLC

Bob has done alot of good for others. That cannot be dismissed. WE are all human & we all make mistakes. Although I no longer work with Bob, I feel for him & his family. I think that a guilty plea was not an easily made decision by him as he did give his whole adult life to LE, but maybe the cost & stress of what this would do to his family was the deciding factor. NO ONE will ever know what he did or did not do, but human error is in all of us. Just a thought~I almost was not going to post on here as much of what shows up here is not positive, but we live in a world of people looking for the worst in people. I guess I am one of the more postive ones~

Donald Huffman · Mansfield, Ohio

well LouAnne Parkison sence Mr Ball is such a stand up person, and he no longer needs a lawer mabe he will show you that he is such a stand up guy and pay your money back!!!!
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