City administrators have fired two Sandusky police officers embroiled in an alleged sexting scandal involving one officer’s wife.
Officer Todd Smith was fired for dishonesty, insubordination and conduct unbecoming an officer, according to a termination letter city manager Nicole Ard sent him Friday.
Sgt. Stephen Ritterbach was fired for conduct unbecoming an officer; harassment; making inappropriate comments; gossip and spreading false information about staff; dishonesty; and insubordination, according to a termination letter Ard sent him the same day.
The firings come on the heels of Sandusky police Lt. John Orzech’s 38-page internal report documenting a love triangle between Smith, Ritterbach and Ritterbach’s wife, Jennifer.
On March 8, Smith and Ritterbach were on placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
Ritterbach was in charge of the department’s police dog, Justice, which has been on the sidelines for the past two months as the investigation played out.
Police administrators are now searching for another officer to take over Ritterbach’s dog duties.
“This will be Justice’s third human partner,” Ard stated in the email. “Existing staff will be evaluated for potential assignment as Justice’s partner.”
In her email, Ard said both men will look to appeal their termination.