Former Brimfield police chief sentenced to probation, fine: ‘You became the mope you wrote about’

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BRIMFIELD, Ohio-- Former Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver appeared in a Portage County Common Pleas Court Monday afternoon. He was given probation and must make restitution. Oliver can never be a police officer again.

Oliver faced charges of attempted theft, simple assault, unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of property. He entered no contest pleas.

The former chief is facing a civil suit from a former female employee, Crystal Casterline. Oliver is accused of making sexual and derogatory comments, which he denies.

The charges against Oliver state that between Jan. 1, 2014 through April 3, 2014, Oliver did knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm Casterline. They also state that between Sept. and Dec. 2013, Oliver knowingly restrained the woman of her liberty. Casterline, an officer who worked under Oliver, told the judge he harassed her and she said she did not agree with the plea agreement.

In Oliver's wildly popular Facebook posts and a book he wrote, he referred to suspects as "mopes".. a word that came to haunt him  during sentencing.

The judge told him, "You became the mope you wrote about; do you realize that?"

Oliver resigned abruptly from his job last January.

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