An Ohio State Highway Patrolman is facing four felony charges against him.
The Lucasville man will see his day in court on four charges of ‘Unauthorized Use of LEADS,’ a fifth-degree felony. The trooper, Michael Ervin, is facing the State of Ohio for allegedly using LEADS outside the line of normal work duties.
LEADS, which stands for Law Enforcement Automated Data System, is a statewide online network. The connection links criminal justice agencies across Ohio with data and communications.
The system is what Ervin breached according to documents released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The documents state the incident happened more than two years ago.
On Jan. 10, 2018, Ervin accessed records on LEADS “outside of normal work duties.” The incident was on the premise of the Highway Patrol post in Lucasville.
The Ohio state superintendent administers LEADS to Ohio law enforcement agencies. The system connects information across the state.
The indictment on Ervin was filed in December 2019. Weeks later, the defense motioned to require the state to prove that no Garrity statements were used.
Garrity v. New Jersey, was a case held in 1967, the Supreme Court ruled; Officers are not required to sacrifice their right against self-incrimination in order to retain their jobs. In the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas, parties met to discuss their stances. Ervin has entered a plea of ‘not guilty.’
A pretrial was held in January, and the case is moving on as expected. Judge Howard Harcha is presiding over the case.
Currently, Ervin has been assigned to administrative duties at the Jackson, Ohio Patrol branch.
The case of State v. Michael Ervin is still ongoing and not expected to end soon. Ervin’s next scheduled appointment is Feb. 27. with a phone conference according to court documents.
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