December 22, 2014

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Judge seals former Lorain police officer’s records

 Emilio Morales

Emilio Morales

ELYRIA — A county judge on Wednesday agreed to seal the criminal conviction of former Lorain police Officer Emilio Morales.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi granted the expungement request over the objections of prosecutors.

Morales, 52, agreed never to work in law enforcement again as part of a 2011 plea deal that saw him enter guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges of tampering with records. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped more serious felony charges.

Morales, who was fired in December 2008, had been accused of working two off-duty security jobs simultaneously in October and November 2008. He accepted pay from both Faith House Academy and the Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Although Morales pleaded guilty in the case, his attorney, Mike Duff, had argued that it was a common practice for Lorain police officers to work multiple security jobs at the same time. He argued Morales was targeted because of “personal animosity,” something prosecutors denied.

In addition to the ban on working in law enforcement, Morales also was fined $500 and sentenced to one year of good behavior.

Duff said Wednesday that Morales isn’t working in law enforcement and has no intention of doing so. He declined to say where Morales now works.

“It allows him to move up in his profession,” Duff said. “He’s employed. He’s doing well.”

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.