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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