Sandusky County has pattern of public abuse

Matt Westerhold
May 6, 2013

History is the teacher. Click the links.

In 2007, inmate Craig Burdine died at the Sandusky County jail after being repeatedly electroshocked by guards, deputies and Fremont police officers using Tasers. 

In early 2011, a 26-year-old sleeping man, Bryan Jones, was killed by Sandusky County deputies who used high-velocity ammunition in high-capacity weapons they weren't even authorized to carry that tore off his arm when they killed him. BCI, the state crime lab, suggested he committed suicide by cop but didn't explain how a sleeping man could do that. 

In early 2012, a schizophrenic inmate at the Sandusky County jail denied her medications was allegedly sexually exploited for hours by jackboot guards who gratified themselves taking advantage of her and were later paid $5,000 each in agreements drawn up by the county prosecutor's office that included secrecy provisions apparently designed to protect others.

Currently, Sandusky County judges Barabara Ansted and John Dewey, court administrator Brock Kimmet, county prosecutor Tom Stierwalt, coroner John Wukie, sheriff Kyle Overmyer, detective Sean O'Connell, special prosecutor and defense counsel for the county Dean Henry and BCI all have seemingly contributed to a credibility gap that exists with regard to the county's multiple investigations of the killing of 19-year-old Jacob Limberios on March 2, 2012. 

History is the teacher and given the pattern — of just the known abuses — public officials from Sandusky County likely should sharpen their rhetoric because another family will be victimized soon by this incompetence and the refusal to acknowledge or address it. 

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Today, tomorrow, next week or next month, it will happen this year. 

Another family will call out.  

Another family's legitimate concerns will be ignored, for as long as it takes county officials to craft a legal position that suggests plausibility where none exists, or for as long as it takes and with whatever it takes to wear down that family and quiet their protests.

Every public office — from BCI to the AG's office, the Ohio Supreme Court to the U.S. Attorney for Ohio, the FBI, the Justice Department, and every public agency in between — that looks away from the problem is part of the problem.

Comments

voice of fremont

Mr. Westerhold you owe a appology to the officers you are attacking. These officers involved with the inmate were cleared by a grand jury. They did not sexually exploit the woman. This is fact. You are wrong to slander these officers who were cleared in a grand jury investigation.

sandtown born a...

Corrupt official= official getting away with what others get prosecuted for

Julie R.

"Corrupt Official= official getting away with what others get prosecuted for"

Like.

Matt Westerhold

Read the grand jury report. 

voice of fremont

There is no evidence of physical abuse of assault or any inappropriate touching of the prisoner. Likewise no indication of threat towards the prisoner.

So your comment that she was sexually exploited is wrong and you should appologize.

Matt Westerhold

The woman was allegedly sexually exploited. That doesn't require touching or threats.  

voice of fremont

The point is these guards were cleared of all wrong doing.

Matt Westerhold

The point is you're missing the point.

The jail guards were fired and the county paid them each $5,000 in contracts that included the secrecy provisions. 

Matt Westerhold

The point is you're missing the point.

The jail guards were fired and the county paid them each $5,000 in contracts that included the secrecy provisions. 

nobodyfromnowhere

Hey Matt, me with the silly name again, I read it. Here's a quote from the last page of the Grand jury's report maybe you should re-read it.

"We do not like what happened at all, but it did not rise to the level of criminal conduct. The officers, in our opinion, deserved discipline but not discharge from employment."

While the guards may have been fired the chances that they would have been re-instated in a lawsuit were better than average. By negotiating a settlement the county saved easily 10 times that amount in lawyer's fees alone.

Matt Westerhold

Thanks again, Nobody. I did read the report. The state determined it is not a crime for jail guards to leave a mentally impaired woman naked in her cell, drenched in urine and encourage her to masturbate and talk dirty. Perhaps you are more comfortable with that finding than I am. 

nobodyfromnowhere

The state didn't make that determination the Grand Jury did. The Grand Jury is made up of CITIZENS of the county just like a petit jury. It is NOT made up of government officials. So the state determined nothing, but the citizens of the county did. The woman was neither naked nor drenched in urine when she was placed into the cell. She ended up in that condition by her deliberate actions and nobody else's.

Matt Westerhold

Thanks Nobody. The state convened a grand jury. The state's grand jury no-billed. The state could have opted for a ham sandwich. There is, clearly, it seems, a pattern here, (link, link, link, link). Perhaps you see it differently.

John Harville

they were NOT cleared of all wrongdoing. The grand jury said their was not enough to indict them on criminal charges. The grand jury also said the Sheriff et all were wrong to fire the men in the way they did.
In most businesses, 'the buck' stops at the top - the URP was the sheriff who, it later was revealed, had not provided proper training. Proven by the fact he scheduled training for all his staff with the Mental Health Dept. to inservice them on how to work with/treat persons with mental illnesses.
I've not seen anywhere any statement about why the EMTs were not called.

happyfeet64

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Off-topic comments.

Ithink

Voice of Fremont--I bet you would have thought differently if that female was your mother, wife, sister or daughter. Then let us hear what a great bunch of guys these officers are. Did it ever occur to you that the reason they were not convicted is because their case was heard in SANDUSKY COUNTY?!

voice of fremont

If you read the facts Ithink you will see that nothing was done to the woman!!

mrite

Be careful! This is Matt's paper and if you object to his reporting you will be banned right Matt?

Ithink

You're right- they did nothing to that woman--they didn't touch her or stop her in any way, shape or form. They didn't ask her to quit, they didn't discourage her from urinating all over, they didn't call for an ambulance to take her to the hospital for an evaluation. They did, however, laugh at her and encourage her antics to continue, knowing full well she had a mental health and/or drug history. So yes, you are right--they DID NOTHING.

John Harville

They didn't clean up the cell when she stuffed her jail clothes into the toiled and caused it to overflow into the cell.

voice of fremont

Ithink-I bet your attitude towards law enfocement officials would be different if one of them was your husband,son,etc. It is time we respect our law enforcement and not always attack them.

Ithink

I have several friends who are police officers for various departments around Erie County. I work closely with them. The good ones are sickened by the whole story.

WiseManOnceSaid

I know a lot of police officers. they are not the type to do something like this. they also feel the same about this case. These cops, officials etc. are pathetic. But thank you for making it more clear on why you are defedning the terrible things these people do. Which one are you related to?>

mhs parent

Respect is earned not Automatically Given!! Sorry I don't respect the Sandusky County Officials involved in the Limberios Case. The Register has not been unfair to these Official, The Register has reported the Truth. Your attitude may be different if you were walking in Mike or Shannon Limberios's shoes. Or the shoes of any of the the other family members of the cases named above. Public Officials are supposed to Serve and Protect, not sweep under the carpet and cover up!!!

sandusky2012

as stated on matlock even a ham sandwich can be indicted by a grand jury if the prosecutor wants guess the prosecutor didn't want maybe that's why they are closed to the public huh?

sandtown born a...

Get ready for it, the supporters of the Sandusky County corrupt will be posting shortly how the big bad mean ol Sandusky Register is picking on all these upstanding officials

sandtown born a...

Dang he was faster than I thought

voice of fremont

If history repeats itself another law enforcment official doing their job will soon find themsevles under attack by the Sandusky Register.

sandtown born a...

If doing it the Sandusky County way they should be in deep crap

Ithink

Not if they are doing it correctly---well, then again, if it is a Sandusky County officer doing their job right, I guess that would be news. Sorry to lump all the officers together, there might be one or two goods one over there. But they gotta know, their county's reputation isn't sparkling right now.

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