A part-time Elmwood Place police officer has been charged with several felony sex crimes, according to a Hamilton County Grand Jury indictment.
Clayton Maher, 33, is accused of raping a woman in April, the indictment states.
Elmwood Place Mayor Jerald Robertson confirmed Maher was an auxiliary, or part-time officer, for at least the past two years. Maher was paid $10 per hour, had full sworn powers, a gun and a badge.
The village fired Maher after his Nov. 4 indictment. Mayor Robertson said he takes the matter seriously, but can’t comment on the specifics of the case due to the ongoing criminal case.
Maher knew the victim’s “ability to appraise the nature of or control her conduct was substantially impaired,” documents state. His relationship with the victim is unknown.
He faces two counts of rape, two counts sexual battery, and aggravated possession of drugs. He was arrested and has since posted bond.
Village solicitor Julia Carney released the following statement Wednesday:
Like the public at large, the Village of Elmwood Place takes all allegations of criminal wrongdoing against village police officers very seriously. While the allegations in this particular case are significant, we are unable to comment on the merits of the allegations or the status of legal proceedings. The Village of Elmwood Place is not involved in the investigation, prosecution or defense of the individual involved in this matter. At this time, we will reserve further comment until the appropriate legal proceedings are concluded.
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