Former Trenton police Lt. Mike Gillen pleads guilty to 2 felony charges

TRENTON, Ohio -- A former Trenton police officer was sentenced to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to committing two felonies while in office.

Michael D. Gillen resigned from the Trenton police department on April 10 after being indicted on felony charges of tampering with evidence, theft in office, and unauthorized use of property in November.

As part of a plea deal in Butler County, Judge Keith Spaeth dropped the charge of tampering with evidence, according to Dayton, Ohio television station WHIO.

Gillen’s indictment came as a surprise to Trenton City Manager John Jones when the charges were initially announced by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

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"Lt. Mike Gillen came into my office (Tuesday) afternoon and indicated to me he was contacted by the local news media and they actually broke the news to him," Jones said at the time.

Butler County prosecutor Michael Gmoser requested the investigation into Gillen’s work at the city’s impound lot from which the felony charges stemmed.

A spokesperson for DeWine's office in November said Gillen's indictments on theft in office and tampering with evidence stem from allegations he improperly profited in his role overseeing the impound lot.

Jones said a disgruntled worker - no longer with the city - accused Gillen of selling property out of the impound lot years ago, but those initial allegations were proved to be false.

Under the terms of Tuesday’s deal Gillen was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution and $250 on each charge, WHIO reported.

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