PREBLE COUNTY — The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations is asking anyone with additional information in the investigation into sexual imposition charges against a Preble County resident employed as an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper to contact them.
Christopher Ward was arrested on sex charges and indicted in Preble County Common Please Court on Monday, Feb. 4.
“This is an ongoing investigation, we believe there possibly may be other victims and we encourage anyone with additional information to come forward and contact us at the BCI,” Ohio Attorney General’s Office spokesperson David C. O’Neil said via email on Friday, Feb. 8.
Any tips or reports can be made with the BCI at 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446).
Ward, 45, was based at the OSP’s Piqua post. He is facing three charges including two fourth-degree felony charges of gross sexual imposition, and one third-degree misdemeanor gross sexual imposition charge.
According to published reports, the charges stem from one instance when Ward was on duty during a traffic stop, and the other when he was off-duty. One alleged victim is a juvenile and the other an adult.
Ward was originally taken into custody at the Preble County Jail, but was transferred to Butler County at his own request. He was bonded out on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations is continuing to investigate.
A jury trial in the case has been scheduled in Preble County Common Pleas Court, on Monday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m.