North Royalton police officer and former Cleveland Browns player indicted on multiple charges

North Royalton police officer and former Cleveland Browns player indicted on multiple charges
Steven Zahursky (Source: North Royalton Police Department)

NORTH ROYALTON, OH (WOIO) - North Royalton city officials confirm police officer Steven Zahursky was indicted on multiple charges on Friday.

North Royalton city officials have not stated what Zahursky was charged with.

However, Cuyahoga County court documents show Zahursky was indicted on perjury, tampering with evidence and falsification.

North Royalton Law Director Thomas Kelly said Zahursky has been relieved of his duties as a police officer and placed on administrative desk duty in the following statement:

"The City of North Royalton takes police misconduct allegations seriously and is very disappointed that one of its police officers has been criminally charged.

There is a specific process that should be and must be followed, according to the letter of the law. The City of North Royalton has been engaged in this process since it was first brought to our attention and will continue to fully cooperate with all involved parties.

In our ongoing effort to protect the public and in conformity with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Officer Zahursky was placed on administrative desk duty during the pending criminal investigation. With the filing of the indictment, the City promptly removed Officer Zahursky from duty pursuant to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

While we recognize the seriousness of the offenses, Officer Zahursky, like all citizens, is entitled to the presumption of innocence during the pendency of the criminal proceedings."

The North Royalton Police Department praised Zahursky on Facebook back on Jan. 29, 2013 for being the 2012 Top Cop in Cuyahoga County with 111 OVI arrests and 2012 Top Cop for OVI arrests in North Royalton.

Steven Zahursky (Source: North Royalton Police Department)
Steven Zahursky (Source: North Royalton Police Department)

Later that year on Oct. 28, 2013, the North Royalton Police Department praised him again for earning the Top Cop award for his OVI enforcement efforts with Mothers Against Drunk Driving:

Congratulations to Patrolman Steve Zahursky on receiving Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Northeastern Ohio 2013 Top Cop award for his OVI enforcement efforts. Job well done!!

Posted by North Royalton Police Department on Monday, October 28, 2013

Zahursky is also a former NFL player.

He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to becoming an offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns from 1999-2000.

Zahursky’s arraignment is set for March 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

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