Grand jury indicts former state trooper on more sex charges
EATON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general says a grand jury has indicted a former state trooper accused of sexually assaulting three people in the course of his work and a fourth victim who is a minor.
The attorney general’s office says the additional charges in the indictment Monday in Preble County mean former trooper Christopher Ward now faces a total of three felony counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of sexual battery. The latter charges include a specification that could carry harsher sentencing if he were convicted and labeled a “sexually violent predator.”
A message seeking comment was left Tuesday for Ward’s attorney.
The 44-year-old former state trooper from Eaton initially was charged in February over allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with an adult in 2015 and a minor in 2018.