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Probation officer resigns as part of plea agreement

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    Bryan Thomas

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ELYRIA — Bryan Thomas has resigned from his position as a probation officer with the Lorain County Adult Probation Department nearly a month after agreeing to never work as a probation officer again as part of a plea deal in his criminal case.

In a letter to county Common Pleas Judge Chris Cook dated Wednesday, Thomas formally resigned from his position.

“I am writing this letter in order to formally tender my resignation from the Lorain County Adult Probation Department,” Thomas said in the letter. “… In complete compliance with the aforesaid terms of the agreement, this letter, therefore, shall constitute my formal resignation from the Lorain County Adult Probation Department and I am prepared to do whatever further steps are necessary to complete this process to the satisfaction of the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.”

Last week, Cook scheduled a predisciplinary hearing regarding Thomas for today to discuss why Thomas hadn’t tendered his resignation even though he had agreed to do so as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in his misdemeanor case in Elyria Municipal Court.

In an email to Thomas’ defense attorney Michael Duff sent Thursday, Cook accepted Thomas’ resignation and canceled the predisciplinary hearing.

Thomas, 58, of Elyria, had been facing misdemeanor charges of dereliction of duty, sexual imposition and menacing in Elyria Municipal Court. Thomas’ case was scheduled for a bench trial Nov. 8 before Visiting Judge John Ridge, but Thomas instead pleaded guilty to an amended indictment in which the dereliction of duty charge was amended to disturbing a lawful meeting, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. The charges of sexual imposition and menacing were dismissed.

Thomas was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $250, but the jail sentence was suspended by Ridge.

In exchange, Thomas agreed “that he shall never again work as a probation officer ... or a job that performs equivalent functions ... under any local, state or federal jurisdiction in the United States.” Thomas further agreed “that he will not return to employment with the Lorain County Probation Department,” according to court documents.

Thomas, who had been with Adult Probation since April 2010, was placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation into allegations against him was underway. In July, a Lorain County grand jury indicted Thomas on the misdemeanor counts, and his leave was shifted to unpaid.

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


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