Ex-Crestline police officer gets probation

Mark Callicoat had pleaded guilty to dismissing tickets for sexual favors

By Kimberly Gasuras - kgasuras@civitasmedia.com

Mark Callicoat

Mark Callicoat

A former Crestline Police Officer must forfeit his Ohio Peace Officer certificate after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of falsification.

Mark Callicoat, 35, pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement with the state Attorney General’s Office, the office that prosecuted the case, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all days suspended. He was placed on one year of probation through the county’s new probation department since he is living outside of Crawford County currently. He must also forfeit his Ohio Peace Officer’s Certificate. As part of the agreement, two other charges were dropped including bribery, a third-degree felony, and dereliction of duty, also a misdemeanor.

Callicoat pleaded guilty to dismissing tickets for sexual favors while he was on duty as a Crestline police officer. The allegations first came about in a Facebook post by Crestline resident Matt Carroll last December that read, “It’s funny how Crestline cops are trading tickets for sexual favors. Something needs to be done.”

After an internal investigation was completed by Crestline Police Chief Joe Butler and former Mayor Dave Sharrock, and the pair said they did not find any wrongdoing in the department, the matter was handed over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. The results of that investigation were then turned over to Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall.

Crall gave all of the findings of the investigation to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Judge Sean Leuthold said the case consisted of serious allegations.

“There was a great deal of negotiations that happened on this case,” Leuthold said.

Also in court Tuesday afternoon was Meagan Rastetter, former girlfriend and co-defendant of Nickolas Arrendondo who was sentenced last week to 11 years in prison for his role in manufacturing crystal meth.

Rastetter, 27, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to one count of illegal assembly/possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony. In exchange for her guilty plea on those two charges, a charge of illegal manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony, was dismissed.

Leuthold sentenced Rastetter to 36 months on the illegal assembly/possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs charge and 12 months in prison on the possession of drugs charge. The sentence is to be served consecutively for a total of four years at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

Leuthold said, “When you get out of prison, you will have an opportunity to change your life. I hope you choose someone better to have in your life than a man who cooks meth for a living,” to Rastetter, who has a young daughter with Arrendondo.

Rastetter must also pay a $5,000 fine, had her driver’s license suspended for six months and must forfeit all drug-related property to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua A. Albright, 21, Bucyrus, was sentenced to five years of community control after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

“Quite frankly, you have one of the worst juvenile records I have ever seen,” Leuthold said to Albright during his short hearing.

Leuthold said he is placing Albright on high-risk community control through the newly formed Crawford County probation department under the direction of Eric Bohach.

Leuthold noted that Albright has a good family that has repeatedly tried to help him get his life on track.

“And you just keep throwing it away,” Leuthold said. “I am placing you on strict probation so there will be no sneaking around to do things you are not supposed to be doing.”

Leuthold said Albright will be subject to random drug and alcohol tests and must abide by the terms of his probation.

“If you screw up, I am sending you to prison,” Leuthold said.

Albright must also pay a $1,250 fine and his driver’s license is suspended for six months.

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Mark Callicoat had pleaded guilty to dismissing tickets for sexual favors

By Kimberly Gasuras


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