by Lauren Krupar

Reporter

Cuyahoga Falls -- City officials are recommending a Cuyahoga Falls police officer be fired from the department, after the officer was arrested on charges of domestic violence last weekend.

Cuyahoga Falls Police Officer Ralph Flynn was arrested and charged by Norton police June 8 with two counts of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Flynn could not be reached for comment.

According to Norton police records, officers were dispatched at 5:44 p.m. June 8 after receiving a call from Akron's Children's Hospital concerning a possible domestic violence situation between Flynn and his two children at Flynn's Norton home.

The two daughters, ages 12 and 10, live in Cuyahoga Falls.

Flynn pleaded not guilty to the charges in Barberton Municipal Court Judge Michael Weigand's court June 9 and posted 10 percent of a $10,000 bond. He has taken a vacation leave from the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, city officials said.

His court date is set for Aug. 7 in Barberton Municipal Court Judge Greg Macko's court.

According to court records, Flynn was ordered by Judge Weigand to avoid the alleged victims and turn over all deadly weapons in his possession to a law enforcement officer.

A pre-disciplinary hearing is scheduled for June 18 in the office of Falls Police Chief John Conley.

"The recommendation for the pre-disciplinary hearing is that [Flynn] be terminated," Law Director Virgil Arrington said. "He is unable to perform his duties as a law enforcement officer because he can't carry a gun."

Capt. Tom Pozza, the patrol division commander, made the recommendation, Conley said. Conley added placing Flynn on administrative duty was "not an option."

"He [Flynn] is unable to carry or possess a gun because of the temporary protection order issued by Barberton Municipal Court," Conley said. "Therefore, he cannot function as a law enforcement officer."

Conley said the hearing will give Flynn an opportunity to present evidence. After the hearing, Conley said he will make a recommendation to Mayor Don Robart as to Flynn's fate.

"The mayor will ultimately decide what, if any, disciplinary action is taken," said Conley.

In March 2005, Flynn was fired from the police department by Robart after he was convicted of disorderly conduct following an altercation with a Norton woman.

After challenging his termination, Flynn was reinstated to his job after an arbitrator ruled in his favor in December 2005.

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