BCI places investigator in Rhoden case on administrative leave

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office confirms Michael Trout, an investigator with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, has been placed on administrative leave.

Trout was involved in the investigation into the deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family, in 2016.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office, which oversees the BCI, said Trout’s being placed on leave is unrelated to the Rhoden investigation.

News of Trout’s situation comes at the same time that Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader is charged with theft in office and tampering with evidence, amongst other charges, for allegedly keeping money from drug investigations in his office safe.

According to the attorney general’s office, neither Trout nor Reader have testified in front of the grand jury, related to the Rhoden case.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office released the following statement:

Michael Trout was placed on administrative leave on June 4, 2019 for matters completely unrelated to the Pike County investigation that took place in April of 2016. As the special prosecutor confirmed in court last week, Trout was not a grand jury witness in the Wagner cases. Trout, then an agent, served as an investigator on the case, but was placed on administrative leave in his current position as a supervisor.
 
Over thirty law enforcement agencies inside Ohio and nearly two dozen law enforcement agencies from 10 different states, along with federal partners and Canadian authorities assisted with the Pike County investigation – a review of the agent’s work in a different role after the investigation completed has no bearing on the pending cases brought against the Wagner family.

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