Ohio Police Officer Sentenced To 33 Months In Federal Prison


Shane Mauger

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.


Tye Downard

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 , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Xena, This is what it takes to get a conviction against police officers. Note that he did not directly kill or maim an unarmed person of color. But, this has led to releasing some innocent folks. Gronda

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    • Hey Gronda! Your comment caused me to think — the feds seem to have always been better at cases involving White Collar crime and corruption. The other thing that interests me is (if I ever get the time and energy) to see if they have stats for how many cases were plead as opposed to going to trial.

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  2. Last year there was a record number of law enforcement officers arrested but zero convictions, for murder. I can only find one conviction this year, the average from 2004 to 2014 was 5 per year.


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  3. Mr. Militant Negro

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  4. Quite saddened to see he only received 33 months, but happy he’ll be going to prison nonetheless.

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    • Hey there TheWarner! Welcome to We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident. Thanks for the comment. It is disappointing that he was sentenced to 33 months when it could have been 10 years. But at least he’ll have to find a new career and one with enough free time to still do his community service.

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  5. Really annoying that he’ll do less time in far more comfortable circumstances (federal prison) than any of the ppl he arrested for drugs. I’m really disgusted by the handling of drug offenses. No doubt most are non violent and are either addicts or trying to make money in one of few ways available to them.
    Ever since i saw that Reality Show “Pot Barons of Colorado” i’ve been furious becuz they’ve even managed to shut out black ppl from getting into legal weed biz- what about Jamaicans? Back in the day they were the ones growing the best weed that i knew of, from WAY back at least late 80s until Americans/or Latin Americans started growing hydro.
    But now when we legalize it it’s only middle class white ppl or big biz making the millions from what other ppl, still to this day are sitting in prison for. Makes me so sick bc i love what’s going on with the weed biz, it’s making ppl multi millionaires in just a few years! but its tainted becuz i cant forget that there’s ppl who’s lives were ruined becuz of their skin color!

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    • Hey Shannon! I had a comment written in response to you with 2 links, hit some key on the keyboard accidentally, and the entire thing disappeared!!! So, I’m going to try to remember what I wrote. As a “square” I never thought much about marijuana, where it came from, if it should be legal, etc. But, what I do think is that the “war on drugs” is a smoke-screen, because a real war would stop those who deliver and/or make drugs in this country. Distributors would have no drugs to distribute to dealers and dealers would have no drugs to sell. The folks on the street selling are not the originators.

      The other week I watched the movie “American Violet” based on a true story of what happened in Hearne, TX. The District Attorney had a man set-up innocent people to be charged with drug offenses so the county could get federal money per the war on drugs. After watching it, I did some research to see how much of the movie was true. Other than changing the name of the town and some characters, the movie is factual. The ACLU represented some of the victims, and they wrote about it and the movie on their site. (I did have the link but lost it when I lost my original comment.)

      This year, the District Attorney was visited by karma. http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Former-Robertson-County-District-Attorney-Pleads-Guilty-366079991.html

      If you get a chance, I highly recommend that you see the movie.

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      • “In January 2015, Paschall was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 from a dead woman’s estate.”

        These rats!! (No offense meant to real rats.)

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        • Know what Mindyme? The grand jury had heard about his embezzlement from an estate in earlier years, but did not indict him. That DA was poison in that county.


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