YPD officer fired over teen sex allegations

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The Youngstown police officer accused of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl who he was supposed to be helping has been fired.

Youngstown Police Chief Rod Foley fired Det. Sgt. Robert Lodwick as of Friday last week, saying it was inevitable with the allegations against him, and with the facts of the case. Lodwick was investigating the rape of the girl he’s now accused of soliciting for sex. Investigators said Lodwick also had naked pictures of the girl.

“You expect so much more dealing with an officer. It’s a black eye for the department,” Foley said. “He made a bad decision and it cost him his career and may even cost him his freedom in the future. So hopefully it sends a message, not only to our department but to all departments, that you take an oath like you said and you’re expected to uphold that oath. And if not, we’ll find ways to get rid of you.”

Lodwick is still in jail on $100,000 bond. He also will face a civil suit from his alleged victim’s family. The girl’s mom told police she found the messages from Lodwick, asking her daughter for sex.

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