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Cincinnati police officer indicted

Julian Steele (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Julian Steele (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters has announced the indictment of a Cincinnati police officer.

Julian Steele faces a variety of felony offenses in the 10-count indictment.

Among the charges are: two counts of abduction with a fire arm specification, two counts intimidation with a firearm specification, three counts of extortion with a firearm specification, two counts of rape with a firearm specification and sexual battery with a firearm specification.

If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 70 years in prison.

Steele is accused of falsely accusing and imprisoning a juvenile in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center in the course of a robbery investigation.  He is also charged with threats and sexual misconduct against the juvenile's mother as she attempted to secure her child's release from the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

Deters has petitioned the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to appoint a special prosecutor as members of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office may be witnesses in the case.

Judge Dennis Helmick appointed Daniel J. Breyer, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor, to handle the prosecution.

"The allegations here need to be dealt with quickly and openly," said Breyer. "The behavior alleged tarnishes the system and the good name of all law enforcement personnel working hard within it."

Steele has been suspended without pay.

"I think its seriously detrimental to his reputation whether it's true or not," said Northside resident Stephanie Sunderland. "The insinuation could have a real impact on how much credibility he has with the department and on the streets as well as citizens that are meeting him for the first time."

Meanwhile, city councilmember and former police officer Cecil Thomas defended Steele.

"Officer Steele has done a phenomenal job working with community I am sad to hear and concerned but still he is a very good officer and I'm confident that he will come out of this in good shape," said Thomas.

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