Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Former Officer Andrew Probst Sentenced to Prison for Having Sex with Minor

A former village auxiliary police officer will be sentenced next month to four years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a minor.

Andrew G. Probst, 24, of Bluffton, pleaded guilty to eight counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, all fourth-degree felonies. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28.

Probst is out on bail.

The prosecution agreed to the four-year sentence in exchange for the guilty plea.

The crimes are unrelated to Probst’s job with the Bluffton Police Department, which he worked as an unpaid auxiliary officer, said Chief Rick Skilliter. Auxiliary officers are required to work nine hours a month.

Probst was hired Nov. 14, 2011, and resigned Feb. 17, Skilliter said.

Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Terri Kohlrieser said the charges accuse Probst of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a girl between the ages of 13 and 15.

That relationship occurred between Sept. 1, 2012, and Jan. 20, Kohlrieser said.

The girl told a staff member at the school she attends and that staff member, who is required by law to report such crimes, reported the matter to Allen County Children Services, Kohlrieser said.

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