ELYRIA — The state parole officer accused of selling drugs and trying to intimidate a victim in the case is once again facing charges accusing him of tampering with a witness.
Michael Hoover, 53, was arrested Monday on bribery and tampering with evidence charges. Hoover already is facing charges of trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, intimidation and tampering with evidence.
Hoover was arrested by Elyria police detectives about 2:30 p.m. Monday without incident after a hearing on whether evidence collected in the case should be suppressed, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.
Costantino said he couldn’t go into the specifics of what charges Hoover faces because “we’ve got someone that’s very concerned about their safety, so we’re trying to protect them.”
According to the Elyria Municipal Court docket, the alleged offense that led to the most recent arrest took place Oct. 17.
Defense attorney Mike Duff said Hoover was arrested on charges of tampering with a witness.
“I haven’t seen any discovery, but I imagine he spoke with a witness, but it’s difficult to say,” Duff said. “I don’t have any police reports; I have nothing.”
He did say he doesn’t believe his client tampered with the witness, saying “the police are probably, in my mind, twisting any statements he might have made to the witness.”
Hoover has been accused of dealing anti-anxiety drugs and prescription painkillers. Hoover also was arrested in June 2015 at his Grafton Township home after a witness in the case told investigators he had threatened her and offered her money to change her story, according to police.
He is being held in Lorain County Jail on $2 million bond.
Duff said Hoover will be back in court next week to try to get the bond reduced.
“That $2 million bond is ridiculous,” he said. “He’s a lifelong resident. He’s a solid guy; he owns property in this county.”