Former Sandusky County detective pleads guilty

O'Connell

FREMONT — A former detective at Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office pleaded guilty to a charge in Sandusky County Common Pleas Court Monday.

Sean O’Connell, 54, of Fremont, had been charged with three counts of tampering with evidence, third-degree felonies; one count of unauthorized use of Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, a fifth-degree felony; one count of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count each of coercion, dereliction of duty and obstructing official business, all second-degree misdemeanors.

Brock Kimmet, Sandusky County Common Pleas Court’s administrator, said O’Connell pleaded guilty to a charge of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. The prosecution is requesting dismissal of the rest of the charges at sentencing.

The case is being referred for a pre-sentence investigation, and sentencing is to be in September, Kimmet said.

O’Connell’s trial had been set to start Monday.

Henry County Prosecutor’s Office is prosecuting the case.

Christopher Fiegl, O’Connell’s attorney, had said O’Connell was an officer of the law for 27 years and has retired. O’Connell spent 20 years as a detective, he said. 

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