BCI: Another woman provides information regarding investigation into local trooper

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An additional woman has come forward to provide information regarding the sex case involving Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Ward, less than a week after the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation said they have reason to believe there may be other victims.

“We have heard from one additional woman and the information she provided is currently being investigated,” said David O’Neil, spokesman for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Ward, 44, was indicted on two counts of felony gross sexual imposition and one count of misdemeanor sexual imposition last week.

The charges stem from two incidents, one that allegedly happened in January 2015 and another that happened while he was off duty involving a child victim last March, investigators said.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost told News Center 7 last week there may be additional victims.

“We are prepared to use all available resources and are calling on the public to assist us in conducting a thorough investigation,” the attorney general said.

The investigation into the allegations against Ward was kicked off following a referral from Preble County Children’s Services.  The Ohio Attorney General’s Office then took over the investigation from there, after the Preble County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance.

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