Ohio Police Officer Sentenced To 33 Months In Federal Prison
On September 9, 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced that Reynoldsburg Police Officer Shane M. Mauger, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 33 months in prison for using his position as a police officer to deprive people of their civil rights by falsifying search warrant affidavits and unlawfully seizing money and property during drug trafficking investigations.
An undercover officer, Tye Downard, was implicated in the case but committed suicide after he was arrested. A third officer connected to the case was suspended earlier this year.
Mauger agreed to plead guilty to one count of federal program theft, and conspiracy to deprive persons of their civil rights. Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. In addition to the 33 month prison sentence, Federal Judge Marbley also ordered Mauger to remain under court supervision for 2 years after he completes his prison sentence, and perform 4 hours of community service per week while under court supervision.
According to a government document submitted to the court, Mauger engaged in systematic corruption in his roles as a police officer and as a supervisor. As far back as 2006, Mauger conspired with Tye L. Downard, who was found hung with a bedsheet in his Delaware County jail cell.
The government said that Mauger lied to judges in search warrant affidavits in support of drug trafficking investigations and admitted to stealing cash during and after police searches. The conspirators stole between $150,000 and $250,000 during the course of the conspiracy. Mauger removed some of the stolen cash from a safe when he found out that federal law enforcement agencies were investigating his activity. He had been with the police department for 20 years, and resigned after his arrest.
The Dispatch reports that 3 pending drug cases were scheduled to be dismissed because of Mauger’s corruption. Prosecutors are contacting defense lawyers in 10 closed cases to disclose Mauger’s involvement, and drug charges against 15 people who cases hinged on Downard’s testimony were dropped.
NBC has a video about the corruption at this link.
Posted on 09/14/2016, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Trial Videos and tagged corruption, drugs, federal charges, Ohio, Reynoldsburg, sentencing, Shane Mauger, Tye Downard. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.