UPDATE: Former Glouster Police Chief Sentenced

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
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UPDATE 8/8/2014 5:10 PM

A former chief of police is going to jail and prosecutors say he'll never enforce Ohio law again.

38-year-old Lucas Mace of Glouster Police pleaded guilty Friday to six counts of dereliction of duty.

Mace was arrested back in May after investigators found he was hiding a woman who was wanted by the Athens County Sheriff's Office.

A judge sentenced Mace to a 100 day suspended jail sentence.

Mace also has to forfeit his Ohio Police Officer Training Certificate and he'll be on probation for the next two years.


UPDATE 5/27/2014 5:00 PM

One man trusted to enforce the law now faces a dozen criminal charges, including five felonies.

An Athens County grand jury Tuesday morning indicted Glouster Police Chief Luke Mace.

He was arrested Friday night.

The prosecuting attorney's office says Mace helped a woman evade authorities while she was wanted on multiple warrants.

Investigators say Mace was on scene back in March when the woman was under the influence of heroin during a crash.

They say he spoke with the woman alone for an hour, but he never charged her for that incident or arrested her on an outstanding warrant out of Perry County.

Instead the county prosecutor says Mace began dating the woman, up until his arrest last week.

"Anytime a police officer violates the public trust it's got to be concerning," says Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. "We need law enforcement officers who want to do the public work and use the office to their own benefit."

Blackburn says even more charges may be filed against Chief Mace.

Investigators now want to obtain a search warrant for Mace's cruiser and cellphone.

His arraignment is set for next Wednesday.


The Chief of Police of the Village of Glouster has been arrested.

According the Athens County Prosecuting Attorney, Chief Luke Mace is charged with two F5 Counts of Obstruction of Justice.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says Mace is being held in Washington County.

This is part of a joint operation between the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, the Athens Police Department, the Ohio University Police Department and the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, with investigation assistance by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.


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