Yellow Springs Officer Cleared Of All Charges By Greene County Jury
After a three-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation, an eight-person Greene County jury delivered a verdict of not guilty for Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod, who was accused of assaulting a resident last November.
Penrod was facing three misdemeanor charges including interfering with civil rights, assault and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident when she was caught on tape knocking a camera out of the hand of Athena Fannin.
Penrod was serving an eviction notice at Fannin's Allen Street residence, when Fannin began to videotape the sergeant.
Following an internal investigation, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and charges were eventually filed by Springfield City Prosecutor Marc Ross. Penrod served a brief suspension and has been on paid leave.
Village Manager Patti Bates was unavailable to comment on the verdict or Penrod's possible reinstatement to the police force.