Prosecutor named in probe of school, county officials

1/3/2001

PORT CLINTON - A special prosecutor has been named to review a 30-count criminal complaint against local school and law enforcement officials.

Attorney Dean Henry of Tiffin has agreed to handle a complaint filed by Oak Harbor resident Elsebeth Baumgartner. Defiance County Prosecutor Jeff Strausbaugh, who was appointed last month, recently withdrew from the case.

The complaint alleges that some Benton-Carroll-Salem school members and county law enforcement officials, including county Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, have been involved in cover-ups and corrupt activity. All have denied the accusations.

Visiting Judge Roger Weiher asked for a special prosecutor to decide whether the complaint should move forward in court.