AG: Bailiff-juvenile case ongoing

By Tom Barr -

WILMINGTON — The case of a March incident between a bailiff and a 17-year-old appearing in the Clinton County Juvenile Court continues, according to a spokesman with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

“Our special prosecutor still has the matter under review” and it remains “an open and active case,” OAG spokesperson Dan Tierney recently told the News Journal.

In March Clinton County Prosecutor Rick Moyer requested the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigate, and the OAG’s office review, the incident.

Daniel Breyer is the special prosecutor assigned to the case from Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office’s Special Prosecutions Section.

The juvenile, a male from the Columbus area, was the alleged driver of a stolen car with two other juvenile occupants that led Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers on a March 4 chase. The chase ended with the car crashing into a Rombach Avenue apartment building, troopers said.

A courtroom video released by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office about two weeks after the incident appears to show the juvenile saying something followed by bailiff Jim Buckner grabbing, pulling down and dragging the defendant. The video was viewed more than 50,000 times on the News Journal’s website and Facebook page.

Since the alleged incident, multiple people have said Buckner was placed on leave; Clinton County Juvenile and Probate Judge Chad Carey had said in the spring that he would neither deny nor confirm whether Buckner was on leave while the incident is under investigation.

Tom Barr can be reached at 937-382-2574.

By Tom Barr