Former Craig Beach Chief Indicted on Perjury Charge

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Former Craig Beach police chief Joe Borosky was indicted on a perjury charge.

The former Craig Beach police chief and a village councilwoman have been indicted on a third-degree felony charge of perjury.

Joe Borosky, 32, and Councilwoman Wanda Sabol, 45, were indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on Thursday.

A perjury charge against Borosky was dismissed in December after the prosecutor failed to show up for a court hearing.  Court records said Austintown Area Court Judge David D’Apolito ruled earlier this week that because Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Gary Van Brocklin failed to show up for Borosky’s preliminary hearing, the charge was dismissed.

The record says Van Brocklin filed a motion to continue the hearing, which Borosky opposed. D’Apolito then denied Van Brocklin’s motion because Borosky never agreed to a time waiver, meaning his preliminary hearing needed to be held within 15 weekdays of Borosky being notified of charges, not including the Christmas holidays.

Borosky, court records show, was notified of charges Dec. 4, meaning Dec. 26 was the last day the preliminary hearing could be held. D’Apolito’s order also specified that charges could be refiled.

Boroksy was fired from the department last year over abuse of power allegations. Borosky is accused of lying under oath at a disciplinary hearing  last summer related to a traffic stop he made. According to a police report, Borosky had claimed there was audio on a recording of the traffic stop and that the DVD was altered, but investigators later learned there was no audio.

That disciplinary hearing with Village Council led to Borosky’s dismissal.

In addition to the felony perjury charge, Borosky and Sabol also are charged with misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstruction. Investigators said Sabol lied about the audio portion of the DVD to protect Borosky.

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