Former Athens Co. Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced

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WOUB Staff Writer

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Updated Thu, Jan 26, 2012 8:04 am

Former Athens County sheriff's deputy Jerry Hallowell will never be able to work as an officer in Ohio again.

This is an outcome of Hallowell's sentencing Wednesday for misusing a statewide electronic database for officers and soliciting sexual compensation from a police informant.

Hallowell will also be punished with 120 days of house arrest and 80 hours of community service, and is required to pay a $2000 fine.

Hallowell is prohibited to work as a public employee for the next seven years.

Special prosecutor Matthew Donahue says Hallowell's punishment will protect Ohio's citizens.

"We have protected Ohio's families and Ohio's children from this individual who is a bad cop and he will never be a bad cop again," says Donahue.

Hallowell's attorney Rolf Baumgartel says he strongly disagrees.

"Couldn't disagree more. I think Athens County lost a good cop," says Baumgartel.

Although Hallowell's days as an officer are over for good, Baumgartel says his client has a new job now.

The attorney says the sentence allows his client to move on with his life.

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