Colerain Twp officer indicted on sex charge involving minor

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Colerain Township Police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to a sex charge involving a minor.

One of the township's only K9 officers, Robert Brinkman, was indicted by a Butler County grand jury earlier this week on felony charges of importuning and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a minor.

Brinkman was indicted after an investigation after an investigation by Monroe police, Colerain Township Police said in a news release Thursday.

He is accused of soliciting a minor who is between the ages of 13 and 15 for sex on July 6, a copy of his indictment shows.

FOX19 sent a message to Monroe police for more information about how their investigation developed and copies of all related records such as incident reports.

In a press release issued Friday, Monroe police say they started investigating Brinkman on July 6, and they have no additional comments due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Brinkman has been an officer with Colerain police since 2013.

It was revealed in court he's receiving counseling for post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD.

He is now suspended from the police department while an internal investigation continues, Colerain police said.

Brinkman will be booked through the Butler County Jail Friday and released on his own recognizance under house arrest with a GPS-monitored ankle bracelet.

Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Greg Howard ordered Brinkman not to have contact with the victim. He is only permitted to travel between Hamilton and Butler County. Brinkman ask permission to go to Clermont County to see his father, but the judge said no.

He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 1 at 8:30 a.m.

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