Body camera helps convict Vermilion police officer of assault

VERMILION, Ohio -- A former veteran Vermilion police officer is behind bars after being convicted of a misdemeanor assault.

Aaron Bolton was sentenced Monday to four months in jail. He was convicted of the misdemeanor charge in October.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said Bolton will be treated like every other prisoner while at the jail.

Bolton’s charge stemmed from a disorderly conduct and resisting arrest incident in Vermilion in September of 2015.

Erie County Prosecutor Kevin Baxter said Bolton’s body camera showed jurors what happened and the suspect’s injuries.

“Most officers do not act like this,” Baxter said. “The body camera was a major piece of evidence.”

Bolton had first said he used force on the suspect after the suspect tried to knock him to the ground, but officials say that was not what was shown on the video.

Vermilion Police Chief Christopher Hartung said Bolton resigned Friday.

Hartung said Bolton served on the department for 18 years and during that time he did many heroic acts, including saving a person’s life.

“He received a life-saving award last year when he rescued a heroin addict and gave him Narcan,” the chief said.

But the chief said once he saw the video he knew he had to take action.

“He made a poor decision, and is now paying for it,” Hartung said.