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Several others indicted along with police officer in Jefferson County poaching case

Several other men are facing charges.

One of the men recently indicted in a Jefferson County poaching case is a Steubenville police officer, but he wasn't alone.

Several other men are facing charges.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Robby Gilbert, Waylon Deatrick, Richard Harr, Josh McLaren of Toronto and Ronnie Griffith were also indicted.

Also on that list is Marlon Hale of Irondale. According to ODNR, Hale is facing 22 total charges, six of which are felonies.

The man facing the most charges is Nate Cline of Steubenville. He is facing 41 total charges, 14 of which are felonies.

His indictment is 27 pages long, outlining from beginning to end his alleged criminal activity.

According to the indictment, from November 2013 to June 2017, Cline, “Did conduct or participate in, directly or indirectly, the affairs of the enterprise through a pattern of corrupt activity or the collection of an unlawful debt."

In that time, the indictment claims Cline hunted without permission in Island Creek Township, and in Steubenville, specifically the LaBelle neighborhood and near the intersection of U.S. 22 and John Scott Highway.

Cline is a member of the Steubenville Police Department. The indictment claims he, “Did knowingly disseminate information gained from access to the law enforcement automated database system to Marlon Hale, a private citizen."

The indictment also claims Cline was found to be in possession of both deer and wild turkey that were illegally obtained.

With ODNR believing that the animals were obtained on private property, Cline is also charged with theft.

According to the indictment, when Cline spoke to a wildlife officer, he "Did knowingly make a false statement, or knowingly swear or affirm the truth of a false statement previously made, when the statement was made to facilitate the commission of a theft offense."

Cline is currently on unpaid administrative leave from the Steubenville Police Department.

For the list of all the charges in this case, click here.


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