Area police officer indicted on sex charges in Butler County

The Colerain Township newsletter posted this picture of Robert Brinkman and his K-9 partner, Tao, on Oct. 5, 2017. Brinkman, a Liberty Twp. resident, was indicted Thursday by a Butler County grand jury on sex charges involving a minor. (COURTESY/COLERAIN TWP.)

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The Colerain Township newsletter posted this picture of Robert Brinkman and his K-9 partner, Tao, on Oct. 5, 2017. Brinkman, a Liberty Twp. resident, was indicted Thursday by a Butler County grand jury on sex charges involving a minor. (COURTESY/COLERAIN TWP.)

A Liberty Twp. resident who is a Colerain Twp. police officer was released on his own recognizance Friday morning after appearing in court on sex charges.

Robert Brinkman, of the 4400 block of Squaw Valley Drive, was indicted Thursday by a Butler County grand jury for importuning, a third-degree felony, and contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child, a first-degree misdemeanor.

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The alleged crimes occurred July 6 and involved a victim between the ages of 13 and 16, according to the indictment. Monroe police investigated the incident.

Brinkman was arraigned Friday by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Greg Howard, who ordered the police officer to wear an ankle monitor, not possess a firearm, not have contact with the victim, and not have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Brinkman entered a plea of not guilty.

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Monroe police and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office told the Journal-News the investigation is ongoing.

Monroe police declined to comment further.

Brinkman is scheduled to back in court Aug. 1 for a pretrial hearing.

Brinkman has been suspended from his job with Colerain Twp. pending outcome of an internal investigation, according to a press release from the township’s police chief.

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