Officer pleads not guilty to Put-in-Bay charges

PORT CLINTON Sandusky police officer Melvin D. Burns Jr. pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PORT CLINTON

Sandusky police officer Melvin D. Burns Jr. pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of persistent disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing at Put-in-Bay.

At his arraignment in Port Clinton Municipal Court, Burns, 45, wore plain clothes and did not say a word while his attorney entered the plea.

Burns, who was recently promoted to lieutenant at Sandusky Police Department, was charged June 30 after he argued with Put-in-Bay police and flashed his police badge when a man described as his son tried to gain access to a bar without a valid ID, according to the police report.

Put-in-Bay police said they instructed Burns and several others to leave the property. According to the report, Burns told officers, "Do you know who I am? You can't take me. Let me see you take me."

Burns was arrested after he repeatedly pushed a police officer who told him to stop, the report said, adding that Burns said, "What are you gonna do about it? I am a lieutenant. You're a nobody sergeant."

This was not Burns' first charge. In 1993 he was arrested at Huron Eagles Club for a disorderly conduct charge by Erie County Sheriff's deputies, according to Capt. Paul Sigsworth.

For his most recent charges, Burns is on administrative leave with pay pending a disposition on the charges and completion of an internal investigation by an outside police agency, according to Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse.

Burns has been employed at Sandusky Police Department since 1988 and works as a night shift patrol supervisor.

A pre-trial hearing for Burns is set for Sept. 21 in Port Clinton Municipal Court.