Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Trooper is accused in indictment

Cincinnati officer he dated alleges attack

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — A veteran Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper is facing charges after an alleged altercation with a female Cincinnati police officer last month.

        Richard Kelley, 36, of Cincinnati was indicted Monday on abduction, assault and disrupting public services charges by a Warren County grand jury. Abduction and disrupting public services are felonies; assault is a misdemeanor.

        Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver on Monday said Trooper Kelly and the officer were at a Dayton, Ohio, club on April 1 and “he's alleged to have restrained her from getting out of the vehicle.”

        The trooper is also accused of disabling the victim's cellular telephone and assaulting her on Interstate 75, Mr. Oliver said.

        “Eventually he dropped her off at her (suburban Cincinnati) residence,” Mr. Oliver said. “They had dated for eight years. She called the (local) police, they responded, as did the highway patrol.”

        Trooper Kelley has been with the patrol for 12 years, most recently assigned to the Batavia post, patrol spokesman Lt. Gary Lewis said.

        “He has been on (paid) administrative leave for the past week,” Lt. Lewis said. “Prior to that he had been reassigned to primarily administrative duties at a nearby patrol facility.”

        Regardless of how the criminal cases turn out, the trooper could face disciplinary action if it is determined that he broke any patrol policies or procedures.

        “The patrol will be conducting an administrative investigation to see if policies and procedures were violated. Obviously, no officer is above adhering to our core values,” Lt. Lewis said.

        In another case, also indicted Monday was Gregory Roeper, 25, of Morrow, on attempted illegal manufacture of drugs and aggravated possession of drugs charges, both felonies.

        Mr. Oliver said Morrow police on April 13 stopped Mr. Roeper for a traffic violation and found items in the car that appeared as though they were used to make methamphetamine. Officers subsequently found an ammonia tank in the freezer at Mr. Roeper's Morrow home.

        Police said a small amount of methamphetamine was found on some equipment.


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