Shawnee Hills police chief charged with theft in office


Grand jury indicts police Chief Sean LeFever

By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



The chief of the Shawnee Hills Police Department has been indicted by a Delaware County grand jury on four charges of theft in office.

Shawnee Hills Police Chief Sean LeFever, 43, of 3070 Essington Drive, Dublin, was charged Tuesday on four counts of theft in office, which are fifth-degree felonies, after an investigation was conducted by Delaware County sheriff’s deputies.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien said the sheriff’s office received a complaint in July that LeFever had received improper compensation.

According to the indictment, the offenses are alleged to have occurred between May 5, 2014, and June 15, 2015.

Village officials said LeFever was placed on paid administrative leave after Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin contacted them to inform them know about the investigation on Aug. 13. Pat Monahan, mayor of Shawnee Hills, said in August that Police Lt. Russell Baron had been appointed as acting chief until the investigation was concluded.

Monahan said in August that the investigation involved LeFever’s work-time reporting. Monahan said he lets the managers in the village keep track of their own times and doesn’t have times reported to him unless there is a conflict.

Monahan said he commissioned Village Council to look at how other villages do their time reporting to potentially find a better model.

An arraignment for LeFever has not been scheduled in Delaware County Common Pleas Court but Judge David Gormley will preside over the case.

LeFever was not in custody Wednesday but a summons to appear in Delaware County Common Pleas Court was issued after he was charged.

The village’s solicitor, Brian Zets, said Wednesday that while everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the village has high expectations for its law enforcement and was disappointed by the news of the charges.

Officials from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said they cannot disclose details because the investigation is ongoing.

An incident report states that the sheriff’s office received a complaint regarding a possible theft in office by LeFever and “upon conducting an initial investigation, it was determined that a criminal offense may have occurred.”

Grand jury indicts police Chief Sean LeFever

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.