Man pleads guilty to retaliation charge


A man who had been accused of threatening to kill law enforcement officers pleaded guilty to a charge in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Eric A. Faber, 46, had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on a charge of retaliation, a third-degree felony. He pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday afternoon.

Faber’s indictment accused him of retaliating against a Seneca County Sheriff’s Office deputy because the deputy discharged his duties as a public servant.

Court records state Faber contacted the FBI’s public access line to report harassment by the sheriff’s office.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Reinbolt had said Faber went on a 27-minute rant about what he was going to do to deputies.

Reinbolt said Faber was threatening all the deputies and named a couple of them. He mentioned messing with all deputies’ families and going to a couple deputies’ homes, Reinbolt said.

Faber said he “was not afraid to die” and “knows where they all live,” court records state.

The joint sentence recommendation is Faber serve a five-year term of community control and complete a CROSSWAEH program. The recommendation also is he complete substance abuse counseling and treatment and anger management classes and treatment as established by his community control officer.

Faber would remain in Seneca County Jail pending his admission into CROSSWAEH.

Kelbley is ordering a pre-sentence report.

Faber and his parents, Robert and Martha Faber, sued Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and sought more than $100,000.

It alleged the sheriff and sheriff’s office failed to safeguard and protect Eric Faber Jan. 13. He was assaulted by a fellow inmate at Seneca County Jail over an issue with a toilet, court records state.

Visiting Judge Frederick McDonald dismissed the lawsuit.