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Probation officer turns himself in after bench warrant is issued

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    Bryan Thomas

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ELYRIA — A probation officer with Lorain County Adult Probation who was placed on unpaid administrative leave turned himself in to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office on Friday night after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Bryan Thomas, 58, was scheduled to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of dereliction of duty, sexual imposition and menacing before visiting Judge John Ridge on Friday, but failed to appear because he was out of the country. Ridge issued a bench warrant for Thomas’ arrest.

On Friday night, Thomas turned himself in to Lorain County Jail about 9 p.m. and was released on $2,250 bond an hour later.

Thomas is set to be arraigned in Elyria Municipal Court on Aug. 6 before Ridge, who was assigned to the case by the Ohio Supreme Court after Judge Robert White and Judge Gary Bennett recused themselves.

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 his leave was shifted to unpaid.

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.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 440-329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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