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Ex-cop sentenced on drug charges

September 17th, 2023

A former Ironton police office was sentenced to one year in prison on Wednesday on drug charges. Bradley Spoljaric, 30, who pleaded guilty on the drug charges, was also fined $100. He may file for judicial release after 30 days. Spoljaric was arrested on July 27, 2022, after an investigation by the Ironton Police Department. He resigned from the force on Aug. 4, 2022.

The sentence came from visiting judge L. Alan Goldberry in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court. Goldberry presided over the case after Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Ballard recused himself.

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Spoljaric facing two felony charges When the Lawrence County Grand Jury indictments were handed down on Wednesday, among the names was former Ironton Police Department officer, Bradley Spoljaric. Spoljaric, who had been an IPD officer since April 2020 and a sergeant since July 2021, was arrested on July 27 after an investigation by the IPD.

A deputy was passing and saw a physical fight between Spoljaric and his wife and the deputy called it into the police. According to the court document, Samantha Spoljaric said "she wouldn't write out a statement or sign an affidavit and also told officers that she would not cooperate with an investigation." During a search of the house, according to court documents, detectives found that Spoljaric had 19 grams of methamphetamine that he said was given to him by a private citizen and that he hid in a box in his bedroom rather than turning it in to the IPD for investigation. He was charged with first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, second-degree felony aggravated possession of Schedule I drug and third-degree felony tampering with evidence. Spoljaric resigned from the Ironton Police Department on Aug. 4.

His case went to Ironton Municipal Court and on Aug. 8, Spoljaric waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the matter was sent to the grand jury to determine if there was enough evidence to pursue the case. The grand jury returned with two counts, second-degree felony aggravated possession of Schedule I drug and third-degree felony tampering with evidence.

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