Former Sabina police officer pleads guilty to theft in office, grand theft

Will be sentenced in December

By Gary Huffenberger -



WILMINGTON — A former Sabina police officer has pled guilty to theft in office and grand theft, both felony-level crimes.

The theft in office conviction of Olin R. Mills, 43, concerns his work as a Sabina police officer. From late October 2014 to mid-August 2015, Mills was responsible for the village police department’s drug-buy fund used in undercover drug purchases.

A finding for recovery in the amount of $1,040 was issued against Mills, according to an audit of the village released in July 2016 by Auditor of State Dave Yost.

In the grand theft conviction, a Sabina construction business is the victim. A Clinton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) incident report stated Mills was a bookkeeper for the company.

Mills was indicted with allegedly taking $41,712 from the business, and according to court papers linked to the guilty pleas, Mills has agreed to pay restitution in an amount not to exceed $41,712.

The CCSO incident report included a breakdown on that dollar figure. The report stated Mills is accused of issuing $8,472 in unauthorized checks, $17,228 in unauthorized debit card purchases and $16,012 in unauthorized ATM withdrawals.

Sentencing of Mills is scheduled for Dec. 27 in Clinton County Court of Common Pleas. The maximum prison term for each conviction is 18 months, and the possible maximum fine for each crime is $5,000.

In court papers, Assistant Clinton County Prosecutor Lindsey Fleissner indicates the prosecutors are not opposed to a sentence that would consist of various community control sanctions for Mills, provided he commits no bond violations and remains of good behavior.

At the sentencing hearing, prosecution will argue for local incarceration as one of those local sanctions, states Fleissner in the court paperwork.

Mills is represented by local attorney Richard Federle.

Clinton County Public Defender Robert “Rob” Baker asked in June that the public defender’s office not represent Mills because public defender staff represents individuals who were arrested by Mills during Mills’ employment with the Sabina Police Department (SPD). Baker’s request was granted.

Mills resigned his SPD position in 2015.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

Will be sentenced in December

By Gary Huffenberger