Bad Cop: Former Cleveland Police Sergeant Pleads To Theft In Office

Cleveland, OH - Former Police Sergeant Henry O'Bryant pleaded guilty Friday morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to an amended charge which resulted from an investigation into overtime irregularities.

O'Bryant was charged with one count of Theft in Office following a lengthy investigation by the Division's Integrity Control Section.

In a plea agreement entered into Friday, the original charge was amended to Petty Theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree.

O'Bryant agreed to repay $2286.32 - this represents the amount of money O'Bryant fraudulently claimed from the City of Cleveland while performing his duties as an investigator in the Office of Professional Standards.

Bryant was sentenced immediately after entering his plea. In addition to the restitution, O'Bryant was sentenced to sixty days of probation and ordered to perform eighty hours of community service. He retired from the Division of Police on September 5, 2008.

O'Bryant, a 27-year police veteran, was one of 24 officers investigated by the Internal Affairs and Overtime Review Units after an internal audit by the Cleveland Department of Finance uncovered irregularities involving officers being paid for working tours of duty with the Division of Police while simultaneously being paid for working the Ampco Gateway Parking Garages located at 650 Huron Road. O'Bryant is the third officer to face criminal charges as a result of that investigation.

Of the 24 officers investigated, 19 faced administrative charges and the case against one officer was unfounded. The officers that faced administrative charges were given Verbal Warnings and/or Letters of Re-Instruction.