A former Munroe Falls police sergeant who is accused of unauthorized use of the Law Enforcement Automated Database System (LEADS) is scheduled to go on trial in December.
The trial for Robert Post is slated to start Dec. 13 in Judge Alison McCarty’s courtroom in Summit County Common Pleas Court, according to James Pollack, spokesperson for the county prosecutor’s office. Pollack added Post will have another pretrial on Nov. 21.
These court dates were scheduled when Post had a pretrial Sept. 26 before Judge McCarty.
Post is facing four counts of unauthorized use of LEADS, a fifth-degree felony. He pleaded not guilty to the offense at his arraignment on Aug. 23 and was released on a signature bond.
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 Sept. 27 that Post’s complaints are still being investigated.
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