by Lauren Krupar
Cuyahoga Falls -- A Cuyahoga Falls police officer arrested on charges of domestic violence June 8 is taking an unpaid leave of absence.
Law Director Virgil Arrington said Officer Ralph Flynn and the city reached an agreement June 21 in which the department will withhold any possible disciplinary action while Flynn's court case proceeds.
A call to Flynn's attorney, Michael T. Callahan, was not returned by press time.
In the meantime, Flynn is to take an unpaid leave of absence from the department starting June 25, Arrington said. Flynn has been on vacation for more than two weeks.
"It gets us what we want right now -- we aren't paying him -- while allowing him to handle the court suit," Arrington said. "Once the criminal charges are resolved, then we will decide what to do."
The agreement comes after Flynn waived his right to a hearing before Police Chief John Conley which had been set for June 18. Conley said the recommendation was that Flynn be terminated.
"He [Flynn] is unable to carry or possess a gun because of the temporary protection order issued by Barberton Municipal Court," Conley told the Falls News-Press, adding administrative duty was not an option for Flynn. "Therefore, he cannot function as a law enforcement officer."
Flynn was arrested and charged by Norton police June 8 with two counts of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, after officers received 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.
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 his two daughters and turn over all deadly weapons in his possession to a law enforcement officer.