LOGAN — A Logan Police Officer, his wife, and friend were indicted by the Hocking County Grand Jury on Aug. 9 in Hocking County Common Pleas Court. The indictments came after a lengthy investigation by an outside agency.

“The Logan Police Department received information regarding an allegation concerning one of our officers earlier in the year,” stated LPD Chief Jerry Mellinger. Upon receiving this information, Chief Mellinger immediately directed an investigation be conducted concerning the allegation.

Due to the size of the department’s investigative unit, and to ensure complete objectivity in the investigation, Chief Mellinger requested assistance from an independent outside law enforcement agency to complete a thorough investigation of the complaint with the full support and cooperation of the Logan Police Department.

During the course of the investigation, the officer involved, Patrolman Josh Mowery, was placed on administrative leave as directed by departmental policy and established legal precedents.

The independent outside investigation has concluded and resulted in the Grand Jury indictment of Patrolman Mowery, who is charged with theft in office, a third-degree felony; complicity to theft beyond the scope, fifth-degree felony; and complicity to theft by deception, fifth-degree felony.

Due to the conclusion of this investigation, Chief Mellinger will be initiating a departmental internal investigation into this matter.

In addition, Mowery’s wife, Laurie, and Heidi L. St. Clair are being charged with theft beyond the scope, fifth-degree felonies; and theft by deception, also a fifth-degree felony.

Josh Mowery — Count I Theft in Office

According to court documents for the Hocking County Clerk of Courts, on or about April 1, 2016 to the current time, Patrolman Mowery allegedly used his office position in aid of committing the offense of theft in office or permitted or assented to its use in aid of committing the offense. The value of property or services stolen was $7,500 or more.

Josh Mowery — Count II Complicity to Theft Beyond the Scope

The documents further state, that on or about May 1, 2017 to the present day, Patrolman Mowery allegedly aided or abetted Laurie and St. Clair in committing a violation of depriving various individuals of their property, knowingly obtained and exerted control over said property (US currency) beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent. The value of the property is $1,000 or more, but less than $7,500.

Josh Mowery — Count III Complicity to Theft by Deception

On or about May 1, 2017 to present day, the Patrolman allegedly aided and abetted Laurie and St. Clair in committing a violation of depriving various individuals of their property, knowingly obtained and exerted control over said property (US currency) by deception. The value of the property is $1,000 or more, but less than $7,500.

Laurie and St. Clair — Count I Theft Beyond the Scope

Laurie and St. Clair allegedly deprived various individual of their property, did knowingly obtain and exert control over said property (US currency) beyond the scope of express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent. The value of the property is $1,000 or more, but less than $7,500.

Laurie and St. Clair — Count II Theft by Deception

On or about May 1, 2017, the two women also allegedly deprived various individuals of their property, knowingly obtained and exerted control over the property (US currency) by deception. The value of the property is $1,000 or more, but less than $7,500.

A third-degree felony is punishable up to 60 months in prison, and a $10,000 fine; a fifth-degree felony is punishable up to 12 months in prison with a $2,500 fine.

All three are scheduled for an arraignment on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Hocking County Common Pleas Court.

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