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Ohio prosecutor who pleaded guilty resigns amid pressure

January 17, 2020 GMT

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — A county prosecutor who was accused of sexual harassment by female employees and later pleaded guilty to negligent assault resigned Friday under pressure from state officials.

Sandusky County Prosecutor Tim Braun had faced a court hearing next week where Ohio’s attorney general planned to seek to remove him from office.

Both Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Gov. Mike DeWine wanted Braun forced out of office. He was suspended by a judge two weeks ago until a hearing could be held.

Braun’s plea deal in early December allowed him to keep his $140,000 salary through next June but also barred him from working in his office.

Yost sought to oust Braun due to misconduct in office, arguing that he was unable to perform key duties of his job. Along with the conviction, the complaint cited a “pattern of misconduct” toward female subordinates and other issues.

Braun, who has been the county prosecutor since 2017, hasn’t commented publicly about his plea. A copy of his resignation letter released by the attorney general’s office did not include a reason why he stepped down.