ELYRIA — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a probation officer with Lorain County Adult Probation who was placed on unpaid administrative leave after he failed to appear Friday in Elyria Municipal Court.
Bryan Thomas, 58, was scheduled to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of dereliction of duty, sexual imposition and menacing before visiting Judge John Ridge.
Thomas failed to appear due to being out of the country, and Ridge issued a bench warrant for Thomas’ arrest, according to court documents. Ridge also set bond at $2,250.
Thomas, who has been with Adult Probation since April 2010, was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-February while an investigation into allegations against him was underway. Earlier this month, a Lorain County grand jury indicted Thomas on the misdemeanor counts, and he was then placed on unpaid leave.
Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Chris Cook, who is overseeing the investigation into the allegations against Thomas, said further action will be taken against Thomas if the situation warrants it.
In March, Cook said he was unable to discuss the specifics of the investigation, but he said it involved “some potential irregularities” in Thomas’ work performance.
Thomas remained on paid leave longer than expected because the investigation took longer than anticipated, according to Cook.
Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court assigned Ridge, a retired judge, to serve as visiting judge in the matter after Jude Robert White and Judge Gary Bennett recused themselves. Additionally, the city of Elyria filed a motion for a special prosecutor to handle the case, which was granted.