Marietta Police Officer Charged

A Marietta police officer is charged with a first degree misdemeanor following a report of telephone harassment earlier this summer.

A hearing in the matter regarding the actions of Officer Robert Ellenwood will be held on August 12. Washington County Sheriff’s Captain Troy Hawkins was responsible for the internal investigation leading to the misdemeanor charge filed on June 27.

Hawkins would not comment on the case, but he did confirm that this is the second time this year Ellenwood’s actions have come under internal scrutiny.

This spring Ellenwood was found to be engaging in ongoing texting conversations with the underage victim of a sex crime whose case he was investigating. Test messages included inexplicable personal chit-chat with the underage girl and evidenced that Ellenwood was driving by the girls’ home, school and place of work on a daily basis for weeks – from the beginning of March to the end of April.

In more than six hundred text messages exchanged between the two, Ellenwood encourages the victim to go to church, listen to KLOVE, and “use good judgement”. He also calls her “cupcake” and talks about spanking her.

When Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp learned about the text messages, he confronted Ellenwood about the situation and sent the relevant information to the sheriff’s office for internal investigation. Hupp said it was determined that there was nothing criminal in nature about the text messages.

Ellenwood was asked for comment, but declined to speak to RCNN.

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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