Mon 3:08 p.m.: Youngstown cop placed on unpaid leave

YOUNGSTOWN – A city police officer accused of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl he met through work is no longer being paid to be off work.

Effective today, Sgt. Robert B. Lodwick, 40, is off paid, and on unpaid, administrative leave.

Last week he was charged with one count of importuning, a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of illegally using a minor in nudity-oriented material – a photo – a felony of the second degree.

He remains at the Mahoning County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

If he posts bond, he is to be released on electronically monitored house arrest.

According to police officials, Lodwick met the girl while he was assigned to the Family Services Unit in the police department.

Officials said Lodwick then began soliciting the girl for sex.

Police reported that on May 30, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of alleged criminal misconduct by Lodwick involving the girl. Sheriff Jerry Greene contacted Youngstown police on May 31 and a mutual decision was made by Greene and Youngstown police Chief Rod Foley to have the Attorney General Office’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation take the lead on investigating the accusation, officials said.

Lodwick, who was hired May 8, 2000, was called off the road early Friday and arrested without incident about 3 a.m., police said.

He turned in his gun and at that time was placed on paid administrative leave.

Lodwick was promoted to detective sergeant Dec. 7, 2012. He was assigned to the patrol division when he was arrested.