Lorain County parole officer accused of intimidating witness after drug arrest

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Michael Hoover (Photo courtesy: Elyria police)

ELYRIA, Ohio- A Lorain County parole officer is facing additional charges after police say he tried to pay witness to change her statement.

Michael Hoover, of Grafton Township, was originally arrested in May for two counts of corrupting another with drugs. Elyria police said it was part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

The 50-year-old was arrested again on Wednesday. According to police, Hoover contacted the victim in his drug case, and offered to pay her if she stopped cooperating with the investigation and charged her statement to police.

This time, he was charged with two counts of bribery, one count of intimidation and one count of tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Lorain County Jail and will appear in Elyria Municipal Court.

Hoover is a parole officer with the state of Ohio based out of the Lorain County offices. He is currently on administrative leave.