Former Police Officer Sentenced for Theft
Jennie Key, Cincinnati Enquirer - Published 12:02 p.m. ET Jan. 7, 2019
A former police officer in Colerain Township and Forest Park was sentenced Monday to six months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing prescription drugs from a home in Colerain Township.
Ashley Meyer, 35, was charged with theft in office, and aggravated possession in connection with an incident that started in November 2017.
Drug charges were dropped last month. Police said she took pills from a home in Colerain Township while there on police business. Meyer said in court the drugs found in her home belonged to a girl she and her wife were helping who had addiction issues and had relapsed.
At her sentencing, a tearful Meyer said she did not intentionally take the drugs, but rather made some bad decisions after failing to log the drugs in properly. She said depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress caused contributed to those bad decisions.
Meyer said she loved being a police officer.
"I made some big mistakes," she said. "I don't know how I got here. It happened so fast."
The prosecutor told the judge there were text messages showing Meyer tried to sell the drugs to a confidential informant.
Before sentencing her to six months at the Ohio Department of Corrections at Marysville, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Ethna Mae Cooper told Meyer she had made a series of bad decisions. The judge said she was sympathetic to Meyer's mental health issues, but the former officer needs to take responsibility for the decisions she made.
"You betrayed trust. If you can't trust a police officer, who can you trust?" Cooper said.
Because the theft in office charge is a felony, Meyer cannot serve as a police officer again.
Her attorney, William Stewart Mathews Jr., said his client needs help for her mental health issues and said he planned to file for a judicial release.