Sandusky Officers on Leave Over Love Triangle

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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Two police officers are on paid administrative leave after an alleged love triangle was exposed.

According to an internal report released by the Sandusky Police Department, Patrol Officer Todd Smith sent and received hundreds of inappropriate text messages to the wife of fellow officer and friend, Sgt. Steven Ritterbach.

The report states Officer Smith also texted photos of his private parts to the wife of Sgt. Ritterbach, who allegedly returned the favor, by sending photos of her naked breasts.

After finding out about the texting scandal, Sgt. Ritterbach reportedly told another officer he wanted “shoot Officer Smith in the back.”

According to the report, many of the text messages were exchanged while the officer was on the clock.

During the investigation, Officer Smith said Sgt. Ritterbach’s wife called him in the fall of 2011 to talk about “their alternative lifestyle, where they’re allowed to do sexual things with other people, as long as the one knew about it.”

Soon, the scandal leaked out within the department. Both officers are now on leave due to several departmental violations.

Sandusky resident Misty Wright said, “When the guy said he was going to shoot the other one, yeah, maybe he should be let go. If you're going to sit there and threaten somebody, you shouldn't be there.”

Retired police officer John Hunter said, “When you're a police officer you're supposed to be respected. You're not doing things like they do; it's a shame, but it happens.”

“Personally, what they do is none of my business. Yeah, our tax dollars go to it, but oh well, tax dollars go to a lot of things,” said Mitch McNulty.

The Sandusky Police Chief declined to comment pending the outcome of the investigation. The city manager will decide if the officers will keep their jobs.

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