Court date for ex-Navy SEAL who allegedly lied to police

BATH -- Former Navy SEAL Christopher Mark Heben, 44, of Medina, is scheduled to appear at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 for arraignment after Bath police filed two misdemeanor charges against him Wednesday.

The charges are one count of falsification and one count of obstructing official business.

Police tell WKYC that Heben reported being shot at the West Market Plaza at 3885 Medina Road here on March 28 about 5:40 p.m.

During the course of the investigation, Heben, police say, communicated false information to the police.

The falsification charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Obstructing official business is a second-degree misdemeanor.

According to documents uncovered Wednesday night by Channel 3, Heben was found guilty of three counts of forgery related to prescriptions of controlled substances.

Early Thursday evening, Heben's company released a statement after being asked for comment:

"We were shocked to learn that authorities filed misdemeanor charges against Chris Heben following an incident six months ago that left him wounded from a gunshot. Police chose to challenge Chris Heben's account of the assault and the rather minor charges emanated from their review of the case."

"We stand by Chris Heben. We are convinced that an objective review in court will clear up any discrepancies and rule favorably for Chris Heben. In the meantime, out of respect for our system of justice as well as Chris Heben's right to a fair trial, we find it inappropriate at this time to make further comments."

Heben told police he was shot after a verbal altercation in the shopping plaza parking lot.

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Heben said at the time of the alleged incident that the suspects fled the shooting north on North Cleveland-Massillon Road and turned southeast onto Ghent Road in a gray, low-profile sports car.

Police Chief Michael McNeely said officers combed through footage from six to 12 surveillance cameras at area businesses to see if Heben was where he said he was, and none of the cameras corroborated his story.

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McNeely said it was the first time in his career he's seen someone charged with this kind of crime.

McNeely said Heben, who is the registered owner of one gun, allowed police access to that gun, and the bullet that shot him didn't match.

Police say they do not have any theories into how he was injured, but they are able to disprove his story and determined the shooting did not occur at the West Market Plaza.


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