Former Ohio Highway Patrol Commander Escapes Database Tampering Charge

May 17, 2017

A judge has dismissed charges of unauthorized use of a law enforcement database against a former Ohio State Highway Patrol post commander.

William Elschlager still faces one count of tampering with records and six counts of theft in Delaware County.

Stalking and abduction charges against him in Washington County were dismissed last month. Authorities had accused the 48-year-old Elschlager of stalking a subordinate's wife after an affair, and accessing the personal information of about 10 other women from the database.

Prosecutors claimed Elschlager retained the women's names, birthdays, and Social Security numbers on his phone.

Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to say why charges were dropped, and said they could potentially be re-filed. Elschlager's trial had been scheduled to start on Monday.

The remaining charges in Delaware County concern allegations he stole guns set to be destroyed while working as a patrol sergeant.

Elschlager's attorney didn't return messages seeking comment Tuesday.