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Suspended officer’s trial continued

Alex Green • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Suspended Carroll Township police Officer William Windnagel’s trial was continued for a second time this week.

He was granted more time because he recently switched attorneys, according to his new attorney, Tom DeBacco.

Windnagel is set to stand trial in July on a domestic violence charge.

Last November, Ottawa County deputies were called to Windnagel’s Oak Harbor home, where they found his then-girlfriend partially clothed and hysterically crying, according to a deputy’s report.

She told deputies Windnagel forcefully held her against a couch, demanding to know who she had told about his extensivepornography collection. A USB drive containing Windnagel’s pornography was sent to a Toledo crime lab for analysis, the deputy’s report said.

Investigators determined the pornography was legal because it did not contain content of minors, only adults pretending to be children.

Ottawa County Detective Amanda Cross said the subjects of the pornography acted childish by holding teddy bears or wearingschoolgirl outfits. Technology at the crime lab was able to determine the subjects were not children, Cross said.

Windnagel’s original attorney recently came under fire for allegations of harassment. The victim said the attorney repeatedly showed up to her workplace, asking her to drop the charges, according to a Port Clinton police report.

DeBacco said he’s unsure if this is why Windnagel changed attorneys.

“They were lifelong friends,” DeBacco said. “They couldn’t work the case out, and (Windnagel) wants to fight (the case)”

Windnagel is on unpaid leave with the Carroll Township police department.

Police Chief Jody Hatfield said he will let the trial play out before any decision is made regarding Windnagel’s employment. His trial is slated for July 10.

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