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North Royalton police officer accused of perjury, tampering with evidence

He has been placed on administrative desk duty.
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A North Royalton Police Officer who once played on the Browns offensive line has been indicted on multiple felony charges.

Court records show Officer Steve Zahursky is accused of perjury, tampering with evidence, and falsification. It is unknown at this time what led to the charges.

City Law Director Thomas A. Kelly confirmed Friday Zahursky has been placed on administrative desk duty as a result of the investigation. He pledged officials "will continue to fully cooperate with all involved parties."

"While we recognize the seriousness of the offenses, Officer Zahursky, like all citizens, is entitled to the presumption of innocence during the pendency of the criminal proceedings," Kelley further stated.

Zahursky, 42, was born in Euclid and played football at Kent State. Undrafted in 1998, he joined the Browns a year later upon their return to the NFL and spent two seasons with the team.

According to a post on the North Royalton Police Department's Facebook page, Zahursky was named Northeast Ohio's "Top Cop" in 2013 by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts enforcing OVI laws. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Mar. 22.