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Charges filed against former Sebring Water operator

Criminal complaint filed against James V. Bates, former Sebring Water Operator. Water fountain inside a school in the Sebring School District. (Source: WKBN) Criminal complaint filed against James V. Bates, former Sebring Water Operator. Water fountain inside a school in the Sebring School District. (Source: WKBN)
Criminal complaint filed against James V. Bates, former Sebring Water Operator. (Source: WKBN) Criminal complaint filed against James V. Bates, former Sebring Water Operator. (Source: WKBN)
SEBRING, OH (WOIO) -

New fallout from January's water crisis in Sebring. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig W. Butler announced that a criminal complaint was filed Wednesday against James V. Bates, the former operator of the village of Sebring’s public water system.

He's accused of failing to promptly notify citizens about the results of water samples tested last year.

Tests last week still showed there were higher-than-normal levels of lead in three samples.

Bates is charged with:

  • Two counts of recklessly failing to provide timely notice of individual lead tap water results to affected consumers within 30 days of receiving lab results (an unclassified misdemeanor); and
  • One count of recklessly failing to provide timely system-wide public education within 60 days of the end of the lead and copper monitoring period (an unclassified misdemeanor). 

READ CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AND AFFIDAVIT HERE

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