SIDNEY — Former Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy William J. Steinke was sentenced to 10 days in the county jail regarding his involvement in a solicitation case ruled on recently in Shelby County Common Pleas Court.
On Aug. 14, the 71-year-old Steinke, 1350 Shepard Court, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a criminal tool, a fifth-degree felony, and solicitation, a third-degree misdemeanor, through a plea agreement with county prosecutors.
Steinke was indicted for soliciting a woman for a sex on Oct. 25, 2016. Authorities confiscated his cell phone for the charge of possessing a criminal tool. A charge of promoting prostitution, a fourth-degree felony, was dropped as part of the plea negotiations.
On Oct. 30, visiting retired Judge J. Timothy Campbell, of Greene County, ruled that Steinke receive 60 days in jail, but suspended 50 days, if he successfully serves five years on community control.
It was further ruled Steinke would serve his jail time two days at a time on weekends, which commenced Nov. 3, for five weekends. He was ordered to provide a DNA specimen, undergo psychosexual evaluation to determine if sex offender counseling is necessary, continue mental health counseling and to possess no firearms.
He was fined $2,500 on the criminal tool charge and $500 for the solicitation charge. He was also assessed court costs.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.
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