A Youngstown police officer who was arrested last week on charges relating to a 14-year-old girl whose case he once investigated waived his preliminary hearing in Municipal Court on Wednesday.
Detective Sgt. Robert Lodwick, who is on unpaid leave, waived the hearing before Judge Robert Milich. He is being represented by Atty. J. Gerald Ingram.
Lodwick was arrested early Friday on charges of importuning and improperly using a minor in nudity-oriented material, both felonies. He has been in the Mahoning County jail since then on $50,000 bond for each chage.
Because he waived his hearing, Milich bound his case over to a Mahoning County Common Pleas Court grand jury.
Lodwick was arrested after an investigation by the department’s Internal Affairs Division and the state Bureau of Criminal Identification that was spurred by a May 30 complaint to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office by a worker for the Children Services Board.
Lodwick had been assigned to the department’s Family Services Unit before being reassigned in March as a patrol supervisor. Police have said he is accused of acting impro- perly with a juvenile whose case he was assigned to while he worked for the FSU.
Attorneys David Betras and Brian Kopp are representing the family of the victim. Betras said he is doing a parallel investigation along with the law- enforcement probe and said he is trying to find out who is responsible in civil court for Lodwick’s conduct.
Betras said if he files legal action on behalf of the family, he is not yet sure if he will wait until the criminal case has been concluded.
Betras said the family hired him almost a week ago, after Lodwick had been arrested.
“They’re devastated, as you can imagine,” Betras said.