Man pleads no contest to lying to police about home invasion

Stephen Rouff (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office)
Stephen Rouff (Source: Clermont County Sheriff's Office)

JACKSON TWP, OH (FOX19) - A Batavia man has pleaded no contest after police say he lied about a shooting that occurred Monday morning at his residence.

Stephen Rouff, 45, has been charged with one count of Using Weapons While Under the Influence, a first degree misdemeanor. He was in court Tuesday morning, where he pleaded no contest. The judge found him guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation.

Rouff could get up to 60 days in jail.

According to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Rouff lied about someone breaking into his home on Water Dance Drive in Jackson Township.

Around 7 a.m., Clermont County Sheriff's Office Road Patrol Units responded to reports of a burglary in progress.  Sheriff's Office crime scene unit and investigators responded and after an extensive investigation, the reported burglary was determined to be unfounded.

Rouff says he was under the influence at the time of the incident and admitted to discharging numerous firearms inside of his residence. No one was injured during the incident.

Rouff was transported to the Clermont Mercy Hospital for examination, and was subsequently discharged and transported to the Clermont County Jail. 

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