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Ohio police chief guilty in Sarah Jessica Parker-Matthew Broderick surrogate case



The small-town Ohio police chief accused of breaking into the home of the surrogate mom who carried twins for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick has been found guilty of three felonies, the AP reports.

Martins Ferry Chief Barry Carpenter was acquitted on burglary charges, however, since the jury apparently believed the door to Michelle Ross' house was just swinging wide open like he says. Carpenter was found guilty of receiving stolen property, theft in office and tampering with evidence. He also was acquitted on a charge of unauthorized use of property or services.

"The bottom line is that there is a victim in this case whose privacy was so gravely intruded upon," Ohio Assistant Attorney General Emily Laube said. "If you can't trust the police, who can you trust?

But he says he only took photos of a surrogacy file that contained two ultrasound pictures and of a plaster cast of a pregnant stomach but did not remove anything from the home. Showing them to the paparazzi and a few other folks was the worst thing he did. It's not like he tried to sell them or anything, his lawyers argued.

Police Chief Chad Dojack of nearby Bridgeport is now facing charges that he was actually trying to sell the items at Carpenter's behest.Carpenter, meanwhile, faces up to 10 years in prison when he will be sentenced on Dec. 30. Chad better hope he doesn't get busted for complicity to burglary and receiving stolen property.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:06am]


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