FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – UPDATED: Former Greene County Prosecutor William Schenck pleaded guilty to reckless operation of a vehicle Friday in connection to a November OVI arrest.
The OVI charge was reduced to reckless operation.
2 NEWS Investigates Pam Elliot was the only reporter in the courtroom when Schenck took complete responsibility for his actions.
He apologized and admitted to Elliot that he has a drinking problem.
Schenck says he attends AA meetings and will continue to do so.
A special judge was assigned this case in Fairborn Municipal Court as Schenck was a long time prosecutor in Greene County.
Judge Robert Messham suspended a 30 day jail sentence and ordered Schenck into a court program for substance abuse that Schenck has already completed.
He was also fined $250.
Schenck was stopped November 30, 2013 at a Beavercreek apartment complex for failing to use a turn signal.
The arresting officer’s cruiser cam video showed Schenck having difficulty walking during the stop and the officer said Schenck told him he was at a bar that evening.
Schenck will remain in his current position as an advisor to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Schenck spoke only with Pam Elliot after the judge accepted the plea deal.
He said, ” I hope where I go from here is I deal with my issues and my behavior and act as a responsible individual and not a foolish person who of all people, I should know better. That’s how I feel about myself.”