Ex-P.C. official might not face trial

PORT CLINTON A former city official might not face trial on charges of stealing city-owned scrap metal. Richard Babcoc
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

 

PORT CLINTON

A former city official might not face trial on charges of stealing city-owned scrap metal.

Richard Babcock, 56, of 611 Bette Lane, Port Clinton, could be entered into a diversion program after he was charged with one felony count each of theft in office and theft, said Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Lorrain Croy.

Croy is in the midst of a plea agreement with Babcock and his attorney James Hart, of Sandusky.

Babcock, former safety-service director of Port Clinton, could enter a plea agreement and go into a diversion program, Croy said.

Croy said this is not unusual because Babcock has not had any prior criminal offenses and returned the $1,200 gained from selling scrap metal to Burns Iron & Metal Co. in Fremont.

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