GREENVILLE – Charges of sexual misconduct against former Darke County Auxiliary Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan D. Wombolt, 27, of Versailles have been dismissed and are set to be refiled according to Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby.
The Darke County Prosecutor told The Early Bird both sides could not agree on a plea bargain as the trial date drew closer so the state decided to dismiss the original indicted case and re-present to a June 26 Grand Jury.
“We decided that if it had to go to trial we wanted to take it back with additional charges to the Grand Jury,” Ormsby stated.
Wombolt was indicted on four counts of Sexual Battery, felonies of the third degree, after an investigation that involved Wombolt engaging in sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old local high school student. The offenses allegedly occurred during February in Darke County.
“My client never once used his position in this case, he and the girl that was only two months shy of her 18th birthday met and had a consensual relationship,” Wombolt’s defense attorney David A. Rohrer told The Early Bird. “The state and the sheriff made a huge deal out of this case only because Bryan was a peace officer at that time.”
According to Rohrer, Wombolt does not want to have to take this case to trial, but the defense doesn’t think a lifetime of sexual registration that the state is offering is fair punishment for the crime.
“I am not saying he didn’t make a bad choice, but I don’t feel this is a crime they want to make it out to be,” Rohrer concluded.
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