Former sheriff’s major faces federal charges

Eric Spicer on trial in Federal Court. (WDTN Photo)
Eric Spicer on trial in Federal Court. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Once charged with enforcing the law former Greene County Sheriff’s Major Eric Spicer now finds himself on the other side of it.

“What would your mindset be if you got indicted by a federal grand jury and you were a law enforcement officer?,” asks Spicer’s lawyer John Smith. “He’s devastated.”

Spicer pleaded not guilty Friday to the seven counts against him. Prosecutor’s say he forged documents to illegally obtain a machine gun. The counts carry a maximum of 65 years in prison.

“Anytime a law enforcement official is identified allegedly violating a trust associated with his official duties that is a matter of great concern,” says Assistant U.S. attorney Dwight Keller.

We asked Spicer’s lawyer about his side of the story. He said he didn’t want to go into details at this point in the case.

“There’s two sides to every story and there’s a proper time and place to say that and this isn’t it, but we will,” Smith says.

The judge released Spicer on bond under the conditions that he promise to appear for his hearings and surrender his passport

Spicer was fired in March by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. He had been on paid administrative leave after a standoff in Yellow Springs in July where the suspect was shot and killed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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