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US attorney for southern Ohio stepping down

United States Attorney Ben Glassman
Posted at 11:47 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 11:47:34-04

CINCINNATI (AP) — The top federal prosecutor for southern Ohio has resigned effective Nov. 1, his office announced Monday.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman of Cincinnati is stepping aside for President Donald Trump's pick, veteran prosecutor David DeVillers. DeVillers was formerly an assistant Franklin County prosecutor and a Columbus-based assistant U.S. attorney for 17 years.

DeVillers is expected to be confirmed soon by the GOP-majority U.S. Senate. He has backing from both of Ohio's senators, including Democrat Sherrod Brown.

DeVillers, 53, has led major gang and organized crime investigations.

Glassman joined the U.S. attorney's office in 2005 and was promoted in 2016 to U.S. attorney during the Obama administration.

His office in July indicted an opioid wholesaler, two of its former executives and two pharmacists with conspiring to illegally distribute millions of painkiller pills in Appalachian communities hard hit by the deadly overdose crisis.

"If you are intentionally violating the law, you can and should and will face justice regardless of where you are," Glassman said then. "Whether you are on the street corner or in a boardroom."

In one of his most recent cases, his office charged a longtime friend of the gunman in the Aug. 4 Dayton, Ohio, deadly mass shooting with counts of lying on a federal firearms form.

Other major cases have included the successful prosecutions of several Cincinnati area men accused of plotting to help Islamic State extremists as well as indictments involving economic espionage and a Roman Catholic priest from Cincinnati charged with sexual abusing children in the Philippines.

Glassman hasn't said publicly what he plans to do next.