UPDATE: Former Police Pleads Guilty to Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/8/14 @ 1:30 p.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former police chief has agreed to never be a police officer again in Ohio as part of a plea agreement.

In May, a grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Glouster, Ohio Police Chief Lucas Mace. Mace had been arrested three days earlier.

The indictment charged him with three counts of obstructing justice, one count of theft in office, one count of possessing criminal tools, six counts of dereliction of duty, and one minor misdemeanor count of failure to aid a law enforcement officer.

The charges involved Mace’s role in aiding a woman who had multiple warrants against her to evade authorities.

Friday, Mace pleaded guilty to six counts of misdemeanor dereliction of duty during a hearing in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

Mace was sentenced to two years probation and given a suspended sentence of 100 days in jail. He was also required to surrender his Ohio Police Officer Training certificate.

Mace is also ordered to have no contact with the Glouster Police Department or its officers.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/27/14
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A police chief in Athens County was indicted on several charges, including theft in office and obstructing justice, according to information released Tuesday by Prosecutor Keller Blackburn's office.

A grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Glouster Police Chief Lucas Mace. Mace was arrested Friday evening and charged with two counts of obstructing justice.

The indictment includes three counts of obstructing justice, one count of theft in office, one count of possessing criminal tools, six counts of dereliction of duty, and one minor misdemeanor count of failure to aid a law enforcement officer. These charges involve Mace’s role in aiding a woman who had multiple warrants against her to evade authorities, according to the news release.

Mace, who was taken to the Washington County Jail after his arrest, was arraigned Tuesday morning in Athens County Municipal Court.

The case was investigated by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, Athens County Sheriff’s Office, Athens Police Department, Ohio University Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.


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