Former Colerain Township officer charged with teen sex crime faces a new charge

Posted at 11:44 AM, Aug 01, 2018

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio -- A former Colerain Township police officer indicted on sex charges involving a teen girl is now facing a new count.

Robert Brinkman, 31, of Liberty Township, was indicted earlier this month by a Butler County grand jury for importuning, a fifth-degree felony, and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to WCPO media partner the Journal-News, Brinkman also was charged with tampering with evidence in a superseding indictment released Friday. That count is a third-degree felony.

During a hearing Wednesday before Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Howard, Brinkman pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 29.

Brinkman’s attorney, Brad Kraemer, declined comment.

According to a Monroe police report, officers were contacted on July 6 by a mother concerning messages her 13-year-old daughter had received via Snapchat.

Brinkman is free from jail wearing a GPS ankle monitor. Howard also ordered him to not possess a firearm, not have contact with the victim and not have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

He was previously permitted by the judge to travel in Butler and Hamilton counties, but Wednesday asked permission to travel to Clermont County to visit his father. The judge granted the request.

Brinkman was suspended from his job pending outcome of an internal investigation, but has since been terminated.