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Sheriff: Deputy suspended following complaints about 'inappropriate comments'

Posted: 1:26 PM, Feb 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-13 18:26:49Z
Sergeant Jeff Gebhart

HAMILTON, Ohio — A sergeant with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office is suspended for two weeks following allegations of “inappropriate behavior and violations of the Sheriff’s Office workplace harassment policy,” according to a news release.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said Wednesday that Sgt. Jeff Gebhart is required to attend remedial training, along with the suspension. Coworkers complained about inappropriate comments made by Gebhart, according to the release.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said in a written statement that these incidents are taken very seriously.

“While the Sergeant admitted the allegations were true, he stated he did not intend to offend any of the employees and understands how some were affected,” Jones said.

Gebhart also signed a “last chance agreement” calling for his termination for similar violations in the future.

The sheriff said a lengthy internal investigation was conducted.