Youngstown cop charged with importuning now on unpaid leave

YOUNGSTOWN — Detective Sgt. Robert Lodwick has been placed on unpaid administrative leave today after his arrest Friday for the charges of importuning and illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

Lodwick was called in off the road about 4 a.m. Friday and arrested and arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court later in the day. Records at the Mahoning County jail show he has not yet posted bail and is still in the jail His bail is $50,000 for each charge.

Chief Rod Foley said a pre-disclipinary hearing may take place for Lodwick this week. He is accused of criminal conduct with a 14-year-old female he knew from his time in the department’s Family Services Unit.

The case was investigated by the state Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation and the department’s Internal Affairs Division. They have not yet detailed the specific allegations against Lodwick, who has been with the police department for 13 years.

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