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Police Officer Remains In Custody After Charges Dropped

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Charges were dropped Friday against a former Columbus police officer who was accused of threatening his lawyer, but he is not a free man.

Steven Dean is now in federal custody, as for that investigation, NBC4 learned Friday that the documents are still sealed on the case.

In June, 2012, NBC4 reported that Dean and another officer had been relieved of their duties by Chief Kimberly Jacobs during an investigation into the handling of surplus military equipment.

Jacobs is investigating what she called "irregularities" in the handling of the equipment.

The gear is loaned to the department through the defense reutilization and marketing office (DRMO).

Sgt. Rich Weiner identified the officers who were relieved of their duties as Dean and Chad Knode.

Friday in municipal court, city Prosecutor Lara Baker announced the charges of menacing had been dropped, that there was a federal retainer for Dean through the federal side, and that the alleged victim of the crime had been notified.

Dean's wife Sharon talked to NBC4 after the hearing.

"It is just so hard for us, this has been a year and a half, it is just not right," Sharon said.

She says she believes his name will be cleared, but cleared of what she still isn't sure about.

"I hope so, I don't feel like he has done anything wrong, not from what I've been told," Sharon said.

The federal documents are still sealed on the investigation, and NBC4 will bring you updates on this case as they are available.

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