Firefighter, police officer sentenced but no jail time

A German Twp. police officer and firefighter won’t receive jail time in connection with his conduct at a party, but his career as a public servant will be over.

Robert Oldham, 31, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of misdemeanor counts of unlawful restraint and furnishing alcohol to minors as part of a plea agreement. In exchange the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, which served as special prosecutor in the case due to Oldham’s role as a German Twp. police officer, dropped a felony rape charge against him.

The case stemmed from a July 14 party on Penny Pike where a 19-year-old woman accused Oldham of sexually assaulting her. The victim admitted she had been drinking at the time, according to the initial report filed by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Visiting Judge Robert Nesser sentenced Oldham to eight months in jail — the maximum — but suspended the jail time. He also ordered him to pay $1,500, but suspended $700 of that, effectively requiring Oldham to pay $800 to the court. Oldham will be under electronic monitoring for 60 days and probation for two years.

Prior to sentencing, the victim’s father addressed the court. He said he’s known Oldham since he was born. He explained that his wife died two months before the incident and he believed Oldham took advantage of his daughter’s grief.

“He feels that in many cases he is above the law,” the victim’s father said. “He’s a law enforcement officer, he’s an EMT and he’s a firefighter, and as a public servant, I think we should be held to a higher standard.”

Oldham didn’t apologize in court and neither he, his family nor his attorney would comment after the sentencing.

He served as a lieutenant with the German Twp. fire department for 15 years, starting there as a cadet. He also worked as a part-time German Twp. police officer, according to township officials. He has been on voluntarily, unpaid leave from both departments.

As part of the sentence, Oldham was ordered to surrender his peace officer’s certification, ending his ability to work as a police officer. He also won’t be able to submit for reinstatement as a German Twp. firefighter.

His certification as a firefighter and paramedic will be reviewed by a state board, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.