An Athens County grand jury earlier this month indicted a former Athens County 911 dispatcher on a felony charge related to him allegedly providing privileged law enforcement information to another party illegally.
Robin L. Mount, 39, of Guysville was indicted on one fifth-degree felony count of unauthorized use of a law-enforcement automated database system on Jan. 18, according to a release from the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.
The county Commissioners also during their meeting Tuesday accepted Mount’s resignation from the position as a dispatcher at the Athens County 911 agency. Mount had been on paid administrative leave since early January, when news broke that a 911 dispatcher was being investigated by the county Sheriff’s Office.
“The Law Enforcement Automated Database System, or LEADS, is a statewide computerized network which provides law-enforcement officers across Ohio with computerized data and communications from other agencies,” county Prosecutor Keller Blackburn reported in the release. “Mount is accused of obtaining information from LEADS using his role as a dispatcher for Athens County 9-1-1 regarding an ongoing investigation and then providing information to an unaudited individual.”
The Sheriff’s Office provided the initial incident report into this case on Tuesday this week. It details a seemingly separate case involving stolen firearms from a home in Nelsonville last year.
“On 11-25-2018, I, Deputy Kulchar, took a walk-in report from (victim in) Nelsonville,” Kulchar wrote. “(Victim) advised that he had firearms stolen from his house. (Victim) advised that the theft occurred on Oct. 22, 2018, and his stepdaughter… is the suspect who took the guns.”
The victim added in the report that his stepdaughter was known to “hang out with” Troy Vermillion, one of the five suspects in the shooting death of a man in Athens on West Washington Street last November. Vermillion has been charged in that case and pleaded not guilty to those charges.
“(Victim) came in to report this firearm theft almost an hour after Athens City Police Department had a shooting/murder with Troy Vermillion being the main suspect at that time,” the incident report reads. “Case is currently under investigation.”
Sheriff Smith explained Wednesday, after Mount was indicted, that the Nelsonville victim in the gun-theft case was allegedly told some privileged information by his stepdaughter relating to that case.
“(Nobody) could have told her this outside of the Sheriff’s Office or (Robin) Mount, the dispatcher,” Smith alleged. “…That’s what got us to look into this situation (involving Mount).”