Disgraced cop to get money after firing

ROBERT-LODWICK

The former Youngstown police detective facing felony charges for repeatedly contacting a 14-year-old statutory rape victim asking for sex will receive nearly $23,000 after he was fired.

The city’s Board of Control voted Thursday to give former Det. Sgt. Robert Lodwick the remaining $22,906.21 on his contract. Lodwick was officially fired June 8.

Lodwick, 40, is facing second-degree felony charges of having naked photos of the girl and fifth-degree felony charges for trying to solicit the girl for sex. The charges carry an eight-year maximum prison sentence.

The girl’s attorney, David Betras, previously said her family is researching to see if they can sue the city or Lodwick.

The girl’s mother discovered Lodwick, who was assigned to investigate her case, repeatedly sent messages to her 14-year-old daughter asking for sex.

The girl’s mother asked Lodwick to stop but Lodwick continued sending the girl text messages and online messages.

After the girl’s mother reported the incident to authorities and the state’s Bureau of Identification and Investigation began their investigation, Lodwick sent instant messages to the girl’s computer while BCI agents were with the girl’s mother.

BCI agents then messaged Lodwick back, Betras said, starting what eventually led to felony charges.

A police report from Feb. 15 says the girl’s mother told police the girl, then 13, snuck out of her Canfield home in the middle of the night and met with three men at Campbell High School.

The men, whose name the girl didn’t know, drove her to a home on Erie Street near Cardinal Mooney High School on Youngstown’s South Side. The girl told police she had sex with two men at different times early that morning, saying she “just went along with it” when they made advances, reports said.

Canfield police found the girl at Southern Park Mall in Boardman at about 3 p.m. that day, reports said.

Betras previously said the girl told him that before Lodwick showed her a photo lineup that would identify the men, Lodwick pointed out which man he believed was the suspect. Betras, a criminal defense attorney, said that would jeopardize the criminal case against the two men.

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