November 28, 2014

Intermittent clouds

Former Lorain police officer wants record sealed

 Emilio Morales

Emilio Morales

ELYRIA — Former Lorain police Officer Emilio Morales is trying to have his criminal case sealed from public view.

Morales, 52, pleaded guilty in 2011 to misdemeanor charges of tampering with records in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious felony charges. Morales was later sentenced to one year of good behavior and ordered to pay $500 in fines.

The case centered on allegations that Morales had worked two off-duty security jobs for Faith House Academy and the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority simultaneously in October and November 2008.

The veteran officer was fired in December 2008 after an internal police investigation. As part of his plea agreement, Morales agreed never to seek work in law enforcement again and surrendered his police certificate.

Mike Duff, Morales’ attorney, said his client isn’t looking for a job in law enforcement, but he declined to say what industry Morales now worked in or where he was living.

“He wants to put this behind him,” Duff said.

Before Morales entered his plea in the case, Duff had argued that his client wasn’t alone among Lorain police in working more than one off-duty job at a time. He suggested that Morales was singled out for prosecution because of “personal animosity,” an allegation rejected by prosecutors.

A hearing on sealing the record that had been scheduled for Thursday was pushed back until May to give prosecutors time to reply to the request.

Although county Prosecutor Dennis Will did not return a call seeking comment, Duff said his understanding is prosecutors oppose expungement.

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  • bigmacky

    I need a job and so seal my records because I am a dirt bag who abused his power.

  • golfingirl

    “He wants to put this behind him,” Duff said.

    Of course he does.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Just another former Lorain county employee in for their expungement.
    The clerk of courts even provides information on how to get an expungement on their website.

  • John Davidson

    As most cops will tell you. “you did the crime, now do the time.”

  • INavon

    While the record is still public, everyone shoud copy it then post on Facebook every six months. This ideaiof sealing records is a joke. Does anyone who isn’t a politician, judge or city employee ever get their record sealed?

    • Scout

      Yes INavon ‘ordinary’ people do get their records sealed. Regardless of his circumstances he has the right to request it. Whether it is granted or not is up to the judge.

    • Bob Owens

      Yes they do. You just don’t hear about it because their cases are not “high profile”. It’s perfectly legal.

  • givemeabreak1234

    Leave the man alone. Worry about the ones that got away, and still do.

    • Simon Jester

      Hell no.

      He was a public servant. He should be held to a higher standard than the average Citizen. If for no other reason than to make an example for the rest of them.

      You don’t get to show your as$ while wearing a badge, and then get a pass when they fire you. Own your actions, pal.

      • givemeabreak1234

        haha you a dirty cop give me a break

      • givemeabreak1234

        everyone makes mistakes in life, but that doesn’t mean they have to pay for them the rest of their life. sometimes good people make bad choices, it doesn’t mean they are bad. it means they are human.
        judge not least ye be judged

        • Simon Jester

          Get off your high horse, and spare me the Bible verses.

          Bad choices have consequences. Full stop. The end. He’s just trying to hide from the choices he willingly made.

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          • givemeabreak1234

            do you feel this way about Jackson whom stole from the city working on city time oh wait he wasn’t working was getting paid sitting on his couch at home. and didn’t get prosecuted and how about carpenter that was working at the police station and working for lmha at the same time getting paid for both at the same time, not prosecuted or hey lets not forget the cop that said his revolver was burn up in a fire but was confiscated in a traffic stop. this is just a drop in the bucket, but oh yeah only some pay the price,
            choices many made and one paid done with u
            judge not lest ye be judged simon

  • SniperFire

    Just go find Judge Burge, Democrat.

  • It has to stop

    Use to be the SRO at Southview also.

  • silkskin1960

    I think after 20 yrs a person should be able to have their record closed but apparently the system does not really believe in second chances because they let even petty theft be thrown in your face for the rest of your life.

    • Joe Smith

      You can have a felony expunged after 20 years.

      • silkskin1960

        I dont have any felonies…but I have several misdemeanors….and they told me NO. IF you have a felony, you cant have anything else….not even a traffic ticket that you were found guilty of….they will turn you away. Like I said….all I have is several misdemeanors ie, shoplifting, and a couple traffic violations and they told me no because I have more than one offense whether it was a felony or not. But of course they dont tell you all that when you have your hopes up….smh

  • golfingirl

    Wasn’t he also the cop who was throwing guns down a sewer?

    Not sure, but I don’t think this was his first indiscretion.

    • It has to stop

      He was.

  • zdubb78

    Seal THIS……U made the bed now lay in it bro
    Why the hell should he have it sealed…….You tell your potential employee the ruth Budddy

  • ekwaykway

    Too late now, it’s all over the world! Good luck trying to hide the smell of that crap! Lmao

  • BrownEyedGirl

    “Putting it behind him” means he has moved on with his life and gotten another job, which apparently has. Now he wants his record sealed which means he wants to hide what he’s done with the resultant conviction. No way. Own it, Mr. Morales.

  • Sis Delish

    Por Favor??

  • Conmanjo

    He was a waste of tax dollars. He was vey rude, disrespectful and hated people. I witnessed him telling people “I am the one with a badge”, tapping his finger on his chest badge….

    • givemeabreak1234

      I think you are mistaken he gave most people breaks