SHELBY Co., Ohio (WDTN) - The Shelby County, Ohio Sheriff was arrested after being indicted Sept. 20 by an Auglaize County grand jury.
Dean Kimpel, 57, was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of sexual battery. The charge carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison.
The indictment follows allegations by a former Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Jodi Van Fossen. Van Fossen claimed that on July 24, 2010 Kimpel sexually assaulted her at her home in Auglaize County.
Kimpel was released later in the day from the Auglaize County Correctional Center after posting a $10,000 bond.
In an interview with 2 News, Kimpel's lawyer said his client is "absolutely innocent."
"There will be a not guilty plea entered," attorney Michael Rumer says. "The charges are baseless and we'll show that at trial."
When asked about the charges, the prosecutor from Miami County told 2 News the state's case will unfold at trial.
In the meantime, many are wondering if Kimpel will remain sheriff.
Kimpel's lawyer says it's up to him. He just wouldn't be able to carry a gun because of the charge against him.
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