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Local News with Jeff Lane

(Eaton, OH)--An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper who lives in Preble County is now facing multiple charges of gross sexual imposition.  "A police officer touched me inappropriately," is how one allegedly victim described a 2015 incident when speaking with her father.  She was 18 at the time of a traffic stop on U.S. 35.  Another alleged incident happened last year.  On Tuesday, Ward appeared in a Preble County courtroom.  "We're looking forward to the opportunity to exercise Chris' due process rights," said Ward's attorney, Steve Hobbs.  Ward bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon and is not due back in court until late next month.  He has been placed on unpaid leave.

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