When will we start sending folks like this to where they BELONG – “Prison”, then…just maybe they will start doing their job as we trust them too?.
MANSFIELD — Former Butler police Chief Bob Ball seemed to want to say more Wednesday at his sentencing hearing.
Ball received a $5,000 fine and non-reporting probation after pleading guilty last month to eight misdemeanors. He was convicted on five counts of attempted unauthorized use of property and three counts of forgery.
The attempted unauthorized use of property refers to Ball misusing his Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway account, an administrative violation and a violation of the Ohio Revised Code.
OHLEG provides law enforcement with data on criminal histories, evidence submission, missing children, gangs, protection order and many other topics. It is to be used only by law enforcement.
Ball also forged Butler Police Department ID cards for people who were not members of the department, including the lead singer of country music group Rascal Flatts.
When Richland County Common Pleas Judge James Henson asked him if he wanted to address the court, Ball initially said he would reserve comment, then proceeded to speak.
“I’m very … to understand why these circumstances prevailed,” Ball said. “I know what started them. I know who started them.”
Henson interrupted Ball, telling him not to shift the blame.
“I’m not blaming anybody else,” Ball said.
He then apologized to the court and made no further comment.
Richland County prosecutors asked for a special prosecutor in the case because they dealt with Ball in his roles as Butler police chief and as an investigator for the county coroner’s office, a job he will keep.
Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Michael McNamara was in court Wednesday. He asked for $5,600 in fines and five years probation.
As per the plea agreement, McNamara said Ball had to resign his commission as a police officer.
Steven Bell, Ball’s attorney, chimed in.
“It’s already been revoked,” Bell said. “He did not resign it.”
In giving Ball non-reporting probation, Henson said that would end when Ball pays his fines and court costs. He then can have his record expunged.
“I have known Bob to be a good person,” the judge said in court. “In this case, he overstepped his boundary.”
Henson then addressed Ball.
“The objective is to punish you for the violation of public trust,” he said. “The hope is you’ll get back to grace. You know what is expected of law enforcement officers.
“You’re a very capable individual. Take care of these matters. Take care of yourself.”
After the hearing, McNamara could not immediately be reached for comment. He did not return a call from the News Journal. Sheriff’s Maj. Dale Fortney, who conducted the investigation, declined comment.
Ball deferred to his attorney, who criticized the case.
“I think it was an overreach and to a large degree a misunderstanding about what he was and was not allowed to do,” Bell said. “There were a lot of insinuations made about Bob’s motives that turned out not to be true.”
Now we can only hope folks can retain his trust in matters concerning his duties as coroner of Richland County, another position of MUCH POWER???????
I personally think the County should re-consider!!!!!!!, these facts could be used against him in criminal cases he investigates????