SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) - Shelby County Sheriff Dean A. Kimpel has temporarily stepped down from his duties, and the Shelby County Commissioners will meet Friday to name an interim replacement.
Kimpel filed a document this morning in Auglaize County Common Pleas Court in Wapakoneta consenting to his removal from office pending the outcome of a felony sexual battery case filed against him in that county.
He was indicted by an Auglaize County grand jury Sept. 20 for the alleged sexual battery of former Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Jodi VanFossen at her Wapakoneta home. The charge is a third-degree felony.
Last week Kimpel was also indicted by a Shelby County grand jury on five counts of unauthorized use of a state computer program used by law enforcement for background checks. He allegedly used the system to run checks on people for personal reasons, not associated with his law enforcement duties.
Kimpel has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
An interim sheriff will reportedly be appointed Friday by the Shelby County Commissioners.
Former Sheriff John Lenhart of Jackson Center recently announced he would be running for the sheriff's post in the 2012 primary election and is expected to be among candidates considered by the board.
Both Kimpel and Lenhart are Republicans.
Forget the slippery roads and inches of snow on the ground, it's the perfect time to propose marriage. At least that is how Levi Minor felt Friday night.
Snowfall reports vary across the Miami Valley as the storm continues to produce heavy snow, making it hard for drivers to see in some cases.
The National Weather Service canceled the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory just after 9:30 pm.
Sinclair Community College is closing all campus locations for the day due to the inclement weather.