AKRON — A former Munroe Falls police sergeant who is accused of unauthorized use of the Law Enforcement Automated Database System will have a pretrial in the case on Sept. 26.
Robert Post was in Summit County Common Pleas Court Wednesday for his first scheduled pretrial on four counts of unauthorized use of LEADS, a fifth-degree felony. His attorney, Brian Pierce, requested and received a continuance of the pretrial to Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Alison E. McCarty.
Pierce and Post both declined to comment on the case.
Post pleaded not guilty to the unauthorized use of LEADS offense at his arraignment on Aug. 23 and was released on a signature bond, according to James Pollack, spokesperson for the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.
Post was relieved from his duties as a Munroe Falls police sergeant on April 3 “following an investigation as the result of a citizen’s complaint,” said Munroe Falls Police Chief Jerry Hughes on the day he dismissed Post.
“The investigation involved multiple Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) violations,” wrote Hughes to City Council on April 3. He added he reviewed his investigation with the police department’s legal adviser, Tom DiCaudo, who “advised it was in fact a violation and should be turned over to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office for review. With that in mind, I felt that I had no other choice but to terminate Sgt. Post’s employment with the Munroe Falls Police Department.”
Post was suspended with pay shortly after being involved in an apparent dispute with Mayor James Armstrong in the city hall parking lot in early December 2017. A Summit County Sheriff’s Office investigation concluded in early January that Post did not violate any police department rules and regulations in that incident. After that, Post was ordered to undergo a fitness for duty evaluation.
Post in March filed two unfair labor practice complaints — one against the police department, and the other against the city — with the State Employment Relations Board.
Christine Dietsch, executive director of SERB, said Wednesday that Post’s complaints are still being investigated.
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