Perry County Commissioner Sentenced For Assaulting County Employee

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Perry County Commissioner Lonnie Wood will serve jail time for restraining, kissing and groping a county employee against her wishes on Oct. 19, 2010.

Wood pled no contest today in Perry County Court to misdemeanor charges of assault and unlawful restraint. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, $1250 in fines and 100 hours of community service within 90 days. Wood was also ordered to undergo a psychological assessment and have no contact with the victim.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine said Wood's victim was in court today and pleased with the outcome, after giving a victim impact statement in front of her attacker.

"No one is above the law and that includes public officials," said Dewine. "I am glad our office could help bring some justice to the victim in this case."

As part of today's plea agreement, Wood resigned his seat as a Perry County Commissioner and agreed to not hold or seek a position in public office for 10 years.