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Wood County deputy resigns after allegations

BOWLING GREEN -- A Wood County sheriff's deputy resigned after allegations surfaced of an inappropriate relationship with a middle school student in the Eastwood Local School district.

Mary Ann Robinson, 51, of Perrysburg, resigned March 18 with a hand-written note to the sheriff.

"The reason is personal," she wrote in the letter, which The Blade accessed Tuesday through her personnel file.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn accepted her resignation the same day.

There was no evidence of physical or sexual contact between the two. The incident involved "poor judgment on the part of the deputy," Sheriff Wasylyshyn said.

The results of the investigation will be given to the Wood County Prosecutor's Office to determine if charges are warranted, he said.

A letter to Ms. Robinson from the sheriff, dated March 7, informed the deputy that she had been "placed on administrative leave with pay until further notice pending an investigation into recent allegations against you concerning your conduct as a D.A.R.E. officer/(special resource officer) deputy."

Ms. Robinson was on paid leave until she resigned, the sheriff said.

A phone message left at Ms. Robinson's home was not returned Tuesday.

The investigation began when the superintendent contacted the sheriff's office about one month ago. The county children services agency was called to work with deputies on the investigation, he said.

Superintendent Brent Welker said he was contacted by a school administrator and the child's parents did not contact the school.

Mr. Welker said another deputy has taken over the D.A.R.E. program for the district.

Ms. Robinson worked for the sheriff's office for 21 years, according to her personnel file. The deputy helped to start a domestic violence program at the Wood County Sheriff's Office. She started as a D.A.R.E. and special resource officer in June, 2008.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn recommended the deputy, who prior worked as a domestic violence specialist, calling her a "well-rounded individual with common sense. She is well-liked and respected in the community. I have observed her positive character, dependability, seriousness, work ethic, and personal conduct."

The deputy's personnel file contained dozens of thank-you cards and letters from victims, victims' families, and students at various schools for her help and dedication.

An autobiography in the file states Ms. Robinson graduated in 1977 from Central Catholic High School, where she played basketball. She was inducted into the Toledo City League Hall of Fame in 2006.

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