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VIDEO: DeWine's top prosecutor gets DUI

Register • Feb 24, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Former Greene County Prosecutor William F. Schenck, now a senior advisor for the Ohio Attorney General's Office, was cited Dec. 2 for a drunk driving offense, according to a news report from Channel 19 WHIO-TV in Cleveland.

The 67-year-old Beavercreek resident was arrested Dec. 2 and charged with OVI and failure to use a turn signal. The arrest was captured on a police cruiser dashcam. The video of his arrest is posted at plunderbund.com, a website designed to expose political corruption. 

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DeWine, who has a long association with Schenck, hired him to serve as a senior advisor after DeWine was elected in 2010. DeWine assigned Schenck to head up the investigation of the sexual exploitation of a 21-year-old schizophrenic inmate in Sandusky County who was denied her medications and placed in a observational jail cell and left there nude. The inmate was encouraged to masturbate and perform other lewd acts by jail guards during a six-hour period on Jan. 10, 2012. 

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The grand jury and DeWine's office determined that no crime had been committed during the sexual exploitation of the woman. Two jail guards were fired by sheriff Kyle Overmyer, however, after the Register learned of the incident and reported on it. 

Schenck also was deeply involved in the AG's investigation of the death of Jacob Limberios, which also resulted in no criminal indictments. The AG's office determined Sandusky County officials botched the initial investigation and key evidence was destroyed in the hours immediately after Limberios was killed on March 2, 2012.

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The AG's office told WHIO News that Schenck is to get alcohol-related treatment but has not been suspended or put on leave. Any disciplinary action for Schenck would occur after court proceedings are over, the news story stated.

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