TOLEDO, OH — A Lucas County sheriff’s deputy is under an internal affairs investigation after allegedly making an inappropriate comment on social media.
That sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Samuel Mysinger, also was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday.
His Facebook comment thanked the FBI for draining the “black swamp,” in the wake of the arrests of four Toledo City Council members on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Yvonne Harper, Tyrone Riley, Larry Sykes and Gary Johnson were arrested on charges of bribery and extortion in an alleged bribes for votes scheme.
According to the affidavit, the FBI started to investigate the council members in 2018 for soliciting or accepting cash, checks, money orders or other things of value from local business owners in exchange for their votes on city council.
Sheriff John Tharp says Mysinger is a seasoned deputy working in the corrections division.
He didn’t know the exact date the social media post was made.
Tharp couldn’t comment on the matter per union contract and the pending investigation.
Mysinger once threw his hat in the ring to be the next Lucas County sheriff. On his campaign Facebook page, he outlined his platform on March 10 as wishing to accomplish the following:
“As Sheriff, I plan to meet with community religious leaders and perform risk assessments at each, Synagogue, Church and Mosque to ensure that citizens are safe during their times of worship.
“As Sheriff, I want to see a 20% increase in CCW permits county wide. Law abiding citizens have the right to defend themselves. Renewal of a CCW may require documented range time or completion of a gun safety course.
“Responsible gun ownership is a must. Families with small children will be given trigger locks to avoid tragedies.
“As Sheriff, I want to expand on Sheriff John Tharp’s DART program to add three to four officers in an SVU role to combat Human and Sex trafficking. Lucas County is a hub for these despicable crimes against humanity.”
After the primary, the Lucas County sheriff’s race is now down to a choice between Mike Navarre and Brett Warner.
The four council members are free on $50,000 unsecured bond. A fifth person named in the FBI investigation, Toledo attorney Keith Mitchell, is free on a $500,000 bond. He is accused of funneling bribes for Harper, who faces an additional charge of unlawful interstate communications with the intent to extort.
The next federal court appearance for the five is set for July 20.