CLEVELAND - Thursday afternoon, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy Russo sentenced a former Pepper Pike Police officer to 33 months in prison, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
He was sentenced for stalking, impersonating a police officer, and other charges.
DeWine said in a news release that Jeffery L. Martin, 56, of Bainbridge Township in Geauga County, who also served as an East Cleveland police officer before working for Pepper Pike, was indicted in 2015 on multiple charges after an investigation revealed that he stalked a former girlfriend and pretended to still be an officer in an effort to gain additional information about the woman.
He was arrested back in mid-December 2015.
Martin pleaded guilty last month to charges of menacing by stalking, impersonation of a police officer, unauthorized use of a computer, and aggravated trespassing. The case was prosecuted by attorneys with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section.
DeWine said the crimes happened over a nine-month period in 2015.
"This defendant followed the victim practically everywhere she went and even followed her to the police department when she filed the police report," said Attorney General DeWine in the release.
"Not only will the defendant be going to prison, but he will also never be a peace officer in the state of Ohio again."