- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors say they’re preparing to go to trial in the case of a former Ohio State Highway Patrol commander charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 16-year-old girl.

The News-Herald in Willoughby reports (https://bit.ly/2eBPMSs ) a pretrial was held on Tuesday in the case of 45-year-old Brant Zemelka, but nothing was resolved.

Court records allege Zemelka inappropriately touched the girl during a high school graduation party in May that Zemelka was hosting for his son.

He’s scheduled to go to trial on a count of gross sexual imposition later this month. Zemelka, of Middlefield Village, faces up to 18 months in prison if convicted.

He remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

Defense attorney Todd Petersen didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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Information from: The News-Herald, https://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html

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