Hearing set for Crestline officer

Change of plea session scheduled Jan. 19

By Kimberly Gasuras - Galion Independent

Keith Washington

Mark Callicoat

A Crestline police officer charged with dereliction of duty, bribery and falsification is scheduled to be in court on Jan. 19 for a change of plea hearing.

Mark Callicoat, 35, was indicted on the charges on Nov. 2 as the result of an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation that one or more Crestline police officers were dismissing tickets in exchange for sexual favors. The allegation was made by a Crestline resident on social media but did not name a specific officer.

Although Callicoat pleaded not guilty to the charges on Nov. 19, Crawford County Common Pleas Judge Sean Leuthold scheduled a pre-trial and change of plea hearing in the case.

If convicted, Callicoat faces three years in prison on the bribery charge and up to nine months in the county jail on the other two charges, which are misdemeanors.

Callicoat is on unpaid leave from the Crestline Police Department and is out jail after signing a personal recognizance bond.

A Bucyrus man ended his jury trial after three hours of testimony on Thursday by deciding to plead guilty to permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Keith Washington, 54, of 1203 Monnett St., pleaded guilty to the charges and as part of a plea agreement was sentenced to 10 months in prison for permitting drug abuse and 11 months in prison for possession of drugs. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 21 months in prison for Washington.

Washington must pay a mandatory drug fine of $2,500, forfeit all drug-related property to the Bucyrus Police Department. His driver’s license are suspended for six months.

Washington was arrested, along with Eric Baker, on April 24 after a search warrant was served at his residence.

Keith Washington
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2015/12/web1_washington_keith2.jpgKeith Washington

Mark Callicoat
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Change of plea session scheduled Jan. 19

By Kimberly Gasuras

Galion Independent