CHARDON POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT
FROM BAINBRIDGE STORE
Published Monday, February 27, 2017
Taken from auburntownship.org
According to the Chardon Municipal Court online docket, Chardon Police officer, Byron Childs was caught stealing from Great Lakes Outdoor Supply in Bainbridge on December 21, 2016. He was arraigned today, approximately two months later, in Chardon Municipal Court on a charge of violating ORC 2913.02(A)(1) Theft. Penalty for the First Degree Misdemeanor is $1000 fine and six months in jail.
Visiting retired Judge Allen, from Lake County, was on the bench ostensibly to hear the pre-trial hearings against Geauga Assistant Prosecutor Mary “Bridey” Matheney on charges of DUI/OVI in case 2016 TR C 0683. Since Childs is a Chardon City employee, Municipal Court Judge Terri Stupica chose to recuse herself from the Childs case as well as the Matheney proceedings.
Unsubstantiated sources reported that the attempted theft involved a bow priced at approximately $600. Childs’ case number is 2017 CR B 00157, styled State of Ohio vs. Childs, Byron W.
Mr. Childs was accompanied by his attorney, Dennis J. Ibold. When asked by Judge Allen whether he would plead, Not Guilty, No Contest, or Guilty, Mr. Childs responded, “Guilty” without any hesitation at 3:20 P.M.
As a result of that plea, Judge Allen was informed that the offender qualified for inclusion in The First Offenders Program, and the case will be sealed by Prosecutor Gillette.
A "first offender" program is a way for a defendant to avoid the full effects of a criminal prosecution. It's a type of diversion, often for those who have no previous criminal record, or at least no felony convictions. (Usually traffic tickets don't count, but defendants with juvenile offenses may be disqualified).
Once he completes this program, Childs is entitled to retain his job in the Chardon Police Department.
A check of online records at Chardon Municipal Court reveals that Officer Childs has been the arresting officer and state witness for the State of Ohio in 200 separate cases. The ramification of this fact is that Officer Childs’ testimony was crucial to the conviction of many individuals charged with DUI, speeding, etc. Now that he himself has admitted that he is a thief, how is he qualified to be a witness for the State against other offenders? His case demonstrates the premise that there is often a fox guarding the hen-house. This is just the latest example of a public servant failing to be a role model.
There are several disturbing things here:
- The owner of the store Byron Childs stole from is an ex police officer who Byron knew. Nice friend huh?
- We are supposed to depend on and trust the police to SERVE AND PROTECT us.....right?! If we can't trust them who CAN we trust?!
- They are putting officer Childs on a "First Offender Program" and his case will be sealed from ever being seen or accessed as though it never happened? WE should all be OFFENDED at this! To be blunt that is BULLSHIT! Police weild alot of power over us with their badge and gun and accordingly should be held to a much higher and stricter standard of behavior than the rest of us!
- I don't know this yet for sure, we will see, but there is a chance Chardon Police Chief Scott Niehus will keep Officer Byron Childs on the force after he completes the "First Offender Program".
- Officer Byron Childs needs to be relieved of duty permanently. Why would Chief Hiehus want to keep an officer on the force who is an admitted thief and dishonest? Childs has lost all credibility and trust and so will Chief Niehus if he keeps him on! There is absolutely NO excuse or explanation in the world! This story will be updated later to let you know.
- If officer Childs is allowed to stay on, we will have a dishonest thief ticketing, handcuffing, and testifying in court for the State. This is not fair to the decent officers on the Chardon force as it will tarnish the whole department.
- One last thing..... if you had a problem at your home such as a prowler, break in, theft, etc., how would you feel about having a responding officer who is a dishonest thief of a cop comming in to your home? I for for one would not let him in.