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State Rep. indicted on OVI charge following March arrest

Richard "Wes" Retherford (Butler County Sheriff's Office) Richard "Wes" Retherford (Butler County Sheriff's Office)
State Rep. Wes Retherford (Photo: State Rep. Wes Retherford (Photo:

State Rep. Richard "Wes" Retherford (R-Hamilton) was indicted on one of two charges by a Butler County grand jury.

Retherford was arrested last month on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

A grand jury indicted him on the OVI charge, which is a misdemeanor, but declined to indict him on the weapons charge, which is a felony.

Regardless of the outcome of the OVI charge, Retherford will be able to keep his office.

"One of my roles is to assure that equal justice for offenders of laws applies and that under the law, Representative Retherford has been treated no better or worse than the law provides," reads a statement from Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.

[Related story: Butler County GOP asking Wes Retherford to resign]

[Related story: Lawmaker arrested for OVI ordered to remove liquor cabinet from state office in 2015]

"Of course Mr. Retherford should have known better as a CCW license holder, Marine veteran and State Representative than to drive under the influence of alcohol and knowing better does not compel unequal treatment."

Gmoser said he fully supports the grand jury's decision.

Retherford represents the 51st Ohio House District, which includes the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield, Ross Township, and portions of Fairfield, Hanover, and St. Clair townships.

The Butler County GOP asked him to resign.

"No doubt there will be strong opinions about this outcome one way or the other and this case has brought out more irons in the fire than a Texas cattle ranch," said Gmoser.

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