Former prosecutor pleads guilty to Reckless Op

By William Duffield bduffield@civitasmedia.com

March 4, 2014

FAIRBORN — Former Greene County Prosecutor William Schenck entered a guilty plea Friday to charges of reckless operation in Fairborn Municipal Court.

He was arrested in November for OVI. A second citation from that night, a turn signal violation, was dismissed.

Judge Robert Messham, a retired judge from the Miamisburg Municipal Court, was assigned to the case because of Schenck’s long history in the Greene County Court.

Messham suspended a 30-day jail sentence. The judge ordered the former prosecutor to attend a court program for substance abuse. Schenck had already completed that program and stated he attends and will continue to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Schenck was also fined $250 and court costs. His driver’s license was suspended for 180 days with driving permit granted per court standard if Schenck is insured.

Schenck, 67, of Beavercreek, was stopped for a traffic offense on Nov. 30 in the area of Mandarin Drive and Mallard Lane. The officer reported being in the area in response to a call for a silver SUV with a driver that could be intoxicated. The officer reported seeing a silver Toyota SUV traveling slowly westbound on Mandarin Drive, then making a right turn onto Mallard Lane without using a turn signal. While checking the registration, the officer said he realized this was not the original SUV in the search.

The officer advised that he could smell a strong alcohol odor from inside the vehicle and requested Schenck to step out of the vehicle and perform standard sobriety tests. The officer reported that Schenck could not complete the tests as requested.

Schenck reportedly refused a breath test, but told the officer “off the record, I would probably test a .17 or .18” and that he had consumed two bourbon barrels.

Reckless operation is a fourth degree misdemeanor. Operating a vehicle impaired is a first degree misdemeanor.

According to reports from the Fairborn Municipal Court, Schenck had been fined $15 and court costs in Aug. 2006 in Fairborn Municipal Court in another case. He was fined by visiting judge Larry Moore after he entered a no contest plea to a charge of Failure to Control for flipping a Greene County staff car he was still using three days after his retirement as prosecutor and joining the US Attorney’s Office in Dayton.

Schenck entered a not guilty plea to the OVI charge during his Dec. 3 court date.

According to reports, Schenck will remain in his position as an adviser to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

William Duffield can be contacted at 937-372-4444 ext. 133 or on Twitter @WilliamDuffield