Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Arnaut placed on leave

Staff report


A longtime Mahoning County deputy sheriff is on unpaid leave pending his application for disability retirement.

Deputy Jeffrey T. Arnaut, who was hired by the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in April 2000, went on unpaid leave two weeks ago. He had been assigned most recently to county-jail duty, Sheriff Randall Wellington said.

Arnaut was the subject of a sheriff’s-office disciplinary proceeding because of unsubstantiated admissions he made while applying last fall for a full-time job as a Youngstown State University police officer.

“During the polygraph, he made some admissions, and we withdrew the offer” of the full-time job as a YSU police officer, said Lt. Mike Cretella, acting university police chief.

Arnaut, 35, who has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from YSU, had been a part-time university police officer but resigned that position in December.

During the polygraph for the YSU job, Arnaut said he was drunk when he crashed a Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force vehicle into a guardrail at 1:30 a.m. July 16, 2009, on Division Street while going home from work. At the time of the crash, Arnaut said he had been texting.

An emergency medical technician working at V&M Star, who evaluates company employees for impairment, spoke to Arnaut immediately after the crash, and told a crash investigator there was no evidence Arnaut was intoxicated.

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