SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) - Shelby County Sheriff Dean Kimpel was indicted by a Shelby County grand jury Thursday on five felony charges relating to the alleged misuse of a program designed to check the background of persons in the course of official investigations.
Kimpel was indicted for allegedly misusing the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG) after the grand jury heard evidence in the case. The case was presented by Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal, who is serving as a special prosecutor.
This makes the second time a grand jury has returned indictments against Kimpel in the past nine days.
Kimpel, 57, of the Botkins area, was charged with misuse of OHLEG after he allegedly looked up background on a number of individuals for personal reasons not related to his duties as sheriff. Misuse of OHLEG is a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to 12 months in jail on each charge.
OHLEG is a secure web-based tool administered by the Ohio Attorney General's Office and allows law enforcement to obtain information regarding criminals and crime-related matters.
OHLEG provides information such as the name, address, Social Security number, physical description, age, a photo, driver's license information, criminal record, a list of all vehicles registered to the individual in his or her lifetime, prison records, FBI numbers, sex offender status and other information.
On Sept. 20 Kimpel was indicted by an Auglaize County grand jury in Wapakoneta on one charge of sexual battery, a third-degree felony. Former Sheriff's Deputy Jodi Van Fossen claimed that on July 24, 2010, Kimpel sexually assaulted her at her home in Auglaize County.
Following the indictment, Kimpel was taken to the Auglaize County Jail in Wapakoneta and later released on 10 percent of a $100,000 bond. He continues to function as sheriff but cannot carry a gun.
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