The Youngstown police sergeant facing felony charges for trying to solicit a 14-year-old rape victim whose case he was investigating was placed on unpaid leave on Monday.
Police Chief Rod Foley said in a statement on Monday that former Det. Sgt. Robert B. Lodwick, 40, was taken off paid administrative leave he’s been on since he was arrested Friday by state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation agents and Youngstown police.
Lodwick is now officially on unpaid administrative leave as of Moday. Lodwick was pulled off his shift early Friday morning when BCI’s investigation was completed. He worked about 2.5 hours of an eight-hour shift, Foley said.
Lodwick was paid about $157.10 while being questioned by investigators and sitting in jail awaiting arraignment.
He is facing felony charges of importuning, which investigators said is the online solicitation of sex with a minor, and possessing photos of the naked 14-year-old girl. Authorities said he started having improper contact with the girl after being assigned to investigate the girl’s rape case.
Lodwick is still in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond, jail records show. He is being kept in the minimum security portion of the jail and is isolated because inmates have threatened him because of his alleged crime and because he’s a former police officer.
BCI agents started an undercover “chat” with Lodwick in which he solicited the girl for sex, agents said. Lodwick was pulled off the his road beat on Friday and arrested during his shift.
Foley said after placing him on unpaid leave, Lodwick will proceed to a pre-disciplinary hearing as part of the union contract. Foley said they will push for termination at that hearing, which has not been scheduled.
Lodwick, according to his personnel file, spent 18 months in Iraq with his Ohio National Guard unit from Dec. 1, 2003 through the spring of 2005.
He had no disciplinary issues with the department, according to his file. On Aug. 18, 2011 he drove his car into a pole in front of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office and was docked four hours pay.
He received five letters of merit between 2006 and 2010, including accommodations for investigating a South Side youth gang that resulted in charges against 15 kids, apprehending a suspect in an aggravated robbery on the East Side 2008, for apprehending a double-murder suspect in 2008 and for a traffic stop that led to gun charges in 2008.
Lodwick was hired May 8, 2000. He was promoted Dec. 7 to sergeant, where his salary increased to $59,414 per year.
He was recently reassigned from the Family Services Unit to the night shift patrol as a supervisor because of retirements on the force.