By: Ohio Public Radio • Jan 1, 2020
The Ohio Attorney General is asking a court to remove the embattled Sandusky County Prosecutor from office.
AG David Yost says the prosecutor’s admission of inappropriate touching makes him unfit for office. The prosecutor was suspended on Tuesday. Ohio Public Radio’s Andy Chow reports.
Sandusky County Prosecutor Tim Braun pleaded guilty in court to one count of negligent assault.
Yost filed a complaint in Sandusky County court saying Braun’s plea, along with the results of a state investigation, prove that he should be removed from office due to what Yost called “physical and psychological abuse.”
State investigators say Braun committed a number of inappropriate actions in office such as groping female subordinates and conducting a criminal investigation in order to obtain private cell phone records of female subordinates.
The court filing begins the procedure to remove a public officer set by Ohio law. It also says Governor Mike DeWine backs the request.
Braun did not respond to a request for comment.
This following document is from the official investigation of the eight year embezzlement in Geauga County.
Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz from was warned twenty-six times between June 4, 2014 to September 17, 2017 that money was missing from the Auditor’s Office and he did nothing about it. This money went to a TX company (ITERSource), which usually kept 20% of it, and the rest was sent to the late Stephen Decatur’s daughter’s company, SMCS. During 2014-2017 a total of $1,472,372.29 was paid for work that was never done or was done in-house and the county lost a total of $2,468,714.66.
A total of $2.45 million was stolen under the noses of then auditor Frank Gliha and Prosecutor James Flaiz. And that doesn’t even include the bills for forensic accounting ($166,000) and lawyers ($82,000).
Who should really be removed from office? Who should be in jail?