Cop placed on unpaid leave

Staff report


A Youngstown police officer who was arrested early Friday was placed on unpaid administrative leave Monday.

Detective Sgt. Robert Lodwick, who has been with the department for 13 years, was still in the Mahoning County jail Monday, according to court records after his arrest about 4 a.m. Friday.

Police Chief Rod Foley said Lodwick may have a pre-disciplinary hearing later this week. He had been on paid administrative leave until Monday.

Lodwick faces charges of importuning — soliciting a person to engage in sexual conduct — and illegal use of a minor in nudity- oriented material. Both charges are felonies.

He was given a bond of $50,000 on each charge at his arraignment and will be placed on house arrest if he makes bond.

The charge comes after a worker with the county Children Services Board made a complaint May 30 to a sheriff’s department detective about Lodwick pertaining to a 14-year-old female. Lodwick had come into contact with the girl when he was assigned to the department’s Family Services Unit, which investigates crimes against juveniles and other domestic issues.

Sheriff Jerry Greene informed Foley of the complaint, and the two decided to call in the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. After an investigation which involved an undercover BCI officer chatting with Lodwick online, he was arrested by a member of the department’s Internal Affairs Division.

Lodwick was also ordered to surrender all firearms to the police department.

Lodwick had been promoted to sergeant and in March was moved from the FSU to become a supervisor in the patrol division on midnight turn.

His case is expected to be directly presented to a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court grand jury.

Authorities have not yet fully detailed the nature of the charges against Lodwick, or the time frame when the purported crimes took place. They have said the investigation is ongoing.

At the time of his arraignment Friday, a jail employee could be overheard saying Lodwick was in protective custody at the jail because of his status as a police officer.

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