Ex-cop out of prison|Former Sandusky officer on probation; was convicted of sex with minor

SANDUSKY A former Sandusky police officer has been released from prison after serving 11 months for
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A former Sandusky police officer has been released from prison after serving 11 months for a sex offense with a minor.

James G. Fitzpatrick, 40, was released Thursday on five-year probation. He appeared in the Erie County Court of Common Pleas.

In the case, a 15-year-old girl was sexually abused in 2003 after she met Fitzpatrick in a cop ride-along program. Fitzpatrick was a Sandusky police officer from 1992 until his resignation in 2005. He was found guilty of four counts of criminal sexual acts and sentenced in June 2006.

Fitzpatrick declined to comment Thursday when the Register went to his home on Decatur Street.

The terms are intensive supervision by the Erie County Adult Probation Department for one year and standard supervision. He will be referred to the Giving Tree, a mental health service center, and required to complete sex offender counseling.

Fitzpatrick will also make restitution for unpaid medical bills and have no contact with the victim or her family. He must also gain full-time employment within 60 days, and will be referred for anger management counseling.

Also required of Fitzpatrick will be paying all court costs, $50 per month in probation fees and a $2,000 fine to the Erie County Clerk of Courts.

Fitzpatrick was released Thursday from the Erie County Jail. Prior to that he was in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.