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Parole officer misused position to help release inmate area jail, officials say

The Ohio Inspector General issued a report of investigation today after receiving a complaint from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, according to a press release. 

The complaint alleged that Parole Officer Andrew Bernier used his position to facilitate the release of an offender who was not under his supervision, from the Montgomery County jail. 

The joint investigation conducted by the office of the Inspector General and Ohio State Highway Patrol, determined that Bernier, while on disability leave, made phone calls and visits to the inmate in jail. He also contacted a drug and alcohol treatment center to secure a bed for the inmate and convinced a judge to issue an order to release the inmate to the officer, even though the inmate was not currently under the officer's supervision, according to the release. 

The report of investigation has been sent to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's office for consideration.

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