Disgraced cop indicted

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The former Youngstown police detective accused of repeatedly contacting a 14-year-old statutory rape victim asking for sex was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Former Det. Sgt. Robert Lodwick, 40, was indicted on 12 felony counts, including four counts of second-degree felony child pornography charges, two counts of soliciting the girl for sex, one count of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and one count of attempted pandering.

The city’s Board of Control voted Thursday to pay Lodwick the remaining $22,906.21 on his contract, which included unused sick and vacation time. Lodwick was officially fired June 8, when he was arrested while on duty.

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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