ELYRIA — A former trooper facing charges of falsification and forgery made his initial appearance in court Thursday morning.
Corey Resendez, 28, of Lorain, was arraigned before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Chris Cook after being indicted last week on a fifth-degree felony count of forgery and a first-degree misdemeanor count of falsification. He pleaded not guilty to both counts in court Thursday.
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will has said his office has evidence that there was paperwork generated that would have inflated Resendez’s number of arrests “but nothing that would have compromised the court system.”
Resendez was placed on administrative leave by the Ohio Highway Patrol in February. The patrol said the action was taken so investigators could conduct an internal review into whether the trooper had made traffic stops and claimed traffic citations were issued when warnings were issued instead, potentially altering his enforcement statistics.
On April 5, Resendez resigned from the patrol, for which he had worked nearly seven years since graduating from the agency’s academy in August 2012, according to a two-sentence form resignation letter released by the patrol.
Resendez was released on a personal recognizance bond last week. He is scheduled to appear before Cook in court this morning.