OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned records show some suburban police officers surfing the Internet when they said they were patrolling or doing other police work.
Questions surround the work of some Olmsted Falls officers. Records show one supervisor going to a website for cheerleader wardrobe malfunctions, browsing YouTube, and shopping for a snowblower while on duty.
Mayor Ann Marie Donegan says she ordered an audit of the use of all city computers, and only sites visited by police officers raised issues.
Donegan said, “I mean, when you’re working on behalf of the citizens, they work hard for their money. We need to work harder for their money.”
Donegan says Lt. Carmen Battaglia just retired after being confronted with the computer records including the site visits involving the cheerleaders and more.
The I TEAM reached him by phone. He said, “I’m retired. I’m done. I didn’t get away with anything. I’ve been told not to say anything.” Earlier this month he had been suspended without pay for one day over the incident.
An attorney for Battaglia says the lieutenant had planned to retire after the first of the year.
Meantime, the mayor says a couple of other Olmsted Falls officers are facing discipline over computer usage on duty.
Oddly, the I TEAM went to Chief Dan Gilles. He claimed to know little about all this saying the findings weren’t shared with him. However, the mayor says he’s been informed.
The mayor also insists this has nothing to do with a domestic violence charge against her filed by her own officers last year. That case was dismissed by a judge.