October 1, 2013
Ohio prison guards indicted in steroids case
WARREN COUNTY — Two former lieutenants at Lebanon Correctional Institution were indicted Monday on criminal charges that they trafficked illegal anabolic steroids outside the prison walls.
The Warren County Drug Task Force conducted a nine-month investigation into illegal steroid use, distribution and manufacture among staff at the close-security state prison. Law enforcement authorities said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are forthcoming. Anthony G. Conn, 41, of Miamisburg, is facing 26 counts of drug trafficking, 15 counts of drug possession, and single counts of endangering children, and illegal manufacture of drugs. He is being held in the Warren County Jail. Brian M. Bendel, 43, of Sommerville in Butler County, is facing 12 counts of drug possession, three counts of drug trafficking, and single counts of permitting drug abuse and funding of drug trafficking. He is being held in Preble County Jail. Conn and Bendel each abruptly resigned from their state prison jobs in April without giving notice. Both men started working in the prison system in 1994 and had received positive performance reviews. Bendel was named the prison’s Officer of the Year in 2002 for thwarting a drug-smuggling attempt. Anabolic steroids are performance-enhancing drugs sometimes used in body building, which can increase muscle mass and strength. They are considered dangerous drugs under state law and can have harmful side effects. The prison, which opened in 1960, employs 526 workers and houses 2,602 inmates, mostly in close security, which is one step down from maximum security. Conn earned $56,000 last year, according to state payroll records, and Bendel made $55,600.– See more at: http://www.newstalkradiowhio.com/news/news/crime-law/ex-lebanon-correctional-officers-indicted-steroids/nbBjR/#sthash.ay3VbdB3.dpuf
WARREN COUNTY —– See more at: http://www.newstalkradiowhio.com/news/news/crime-law/ex-lebanon-correctional-officers-indicted-steroids/nbBjR/#sthash.ay3VbdB3.dpuf