Ohio ex-trooper accused of stalking charged with 8 counts

Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser. (Photo/American Association of State Troopers)
Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser. (Photo/American Association of State Troopers)

MARIETTA, Ohio (AP) — A former State Highway Patrol commander accused of stalking a subordinate’s wife after an affair has been indicted in southeast Ohio on eight counts, including abduction and criminal trespassing.

A Washington County grand jury also charged William Elschlager with theft, criminal mischief and two counts each of menacing by stalking and receiving stolen property.

A message was left Wednesday for his attorney, George Cosenza, who has raised questions about the alleged victim’s credibility.

Elschlager’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

The veteran trooper led the Marietta post before he was fired in February after officials learned about the allegations.

He was previously was charged separately in Delaware County with stealing two guns in evidence when he was a patrolman in central Ohio that were supposed to be destroyed or returned.

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