A local attorney seeking to become a judge in Coshocton County has been charged with four counts.
Candidate William Drown challenges sitting judge Robert Batchelor in the upcoming Republican primary in May.
According to court documents, Drown is charged with one count of theft, one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of office theft. Additional details about his alleged crimes were not immediately available.
Drown previously stood as a judge in 2012 and lost. He was a lawyer for several villages.
In 2005, he was appointed as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
It’s unclear if Coshocton County District Attorney Jason Given signed the indictment or if a special prosecutor has been assigned to the case.
A special judge will likely be appointed as Judge Batchelor, Drown’s opponent, would be disqualified due to a conflict of interest.
To avoid the appearance of political interference in indictments, federal prosecutors generally do not charge individuals within 30 to 60 days of an election. No such standard exists in state courts.
Y-City News strives to get more information. Drown is due for arraignment on April 25 at 9 a.m.
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