By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The former superintendent of the wastewater and drinking water treatment plants for the village of Mount Orab in Brown County pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying about the quality of the water in reports to state officials.
Fred Kirker, 63, also pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to discharging wastewater into Snapping Turtle Creek that contained unlawful levels of fecal coliform bacteria, said U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Lockhart.
Both crimes are felonies. Kirker faces up to eight years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
"As investigators and prosecutors, we have no more important duty than to bring justice to those who endanger the wholesomeness of our drinking water and the wastewater we discharge to the environment," Lockhart said.
According to the U.S. attorney, Kirker was responsible for having samples of wastewater and drinking water analyzed and submitting monthly operating reports of the tests to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The test samples are required to meet limits set in permits granted by the Ohio EPA.
Kirker is charged with reporting fictitious levels of fecal coliform - bacteria from human and animal waste - discharged into Snapping Turtle Run. Sometimes he changed results of samples and sometimes he made up figures because samples were not taken.
After Kirker's conduct was discovered, Mount Orab closed its drinking water plant and bought water for its users from Brown County.
He is expected to be sentenced by Judge S. Arthur Spiegel within 70 days.
Boone, Warren driving growth
Youth served on City Council
Cole makes sure votes counted
N.Ky. schools bracing for tests
TRISTATE REACTS TO WAR
USS Nimitz, it's Skyline time
Marine from Ohio buried
Decks of cards have history
Ky. counties honor military
Keeping in touch
IN THE TRISTATE
Deadly night in Cincinnati: Three more homicide victims
Police, mayor angry suspect wasn't in jail
Obituary: LaVelle Bond championed diversity and excellence
UC search committee to review 37 names
School employee leaves with $120,000-plus severance
Water official admits lying
Soul artist Green plans a 'return' to Blue Ash
Tristate A.M. Report
PULFER: Danielle Cahill
HOWARD: Some Good News
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Talawanda High School misses its stolen bell
More high lead levels found
Mother left him a legacy: faith in God and church
Conese brothers' legal woes keep Ohio Supreme Court busy
Leaders of Middletown looking ahead to 2023
Warren didn't know it was losing $
Warren County traffic featured in documentary
Voucher students even with others
Relatives, friends question house fire
Truck goes off road, kills I-275 construction worker
Letters target gay ordinance
Ky. Episcopal leader resigns
Hop to it for last few Easter egg hunts
Appalachian coal miners may go to N.Y. to protest hillbilly show
Candidates for governor campaign in N.Ky.