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Sandusky County Sheriff keeps iron grip on jail probe info

Jessica Cuffman • May 12, 2013 at 6:07 AM

Thick. That's the adjective Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer used to describe an investigation into alleged wrongdoings by employees at his jail — an investigation that remains entirely under wraps.

Overmyer and Sandusky County prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt said they don't have to release a report that Fremont police completed this week after spending days investigating allegations of "workplace violations" by three corrections officers at the jail.  

Overmyer has chosen not to provide any documents related to the investigation, including formal complaints, initial incident reports or records of disciplinary or administrative action taken against the jail employees.

The refusal violates the state’s public records laws, say multiple public records experts. 

Corrections officers Frank Kaiser, Charlie Pump and Joshua Smith were all placed on leave Jan. 11 pending the investigation.  

"Those are public records,” said Cleveland attorney Dave Marburger, an expert on the First Amendment and Ohio’s public records laws. “Pretty much I can’t think of any example where it wouldn’t be.”

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