From The Akron Beacon Journal

A judge has sealed the record of an Ohio police chief convicted of a misdemeanor stemming from accusations he had sex with a teenager while on duty.

John Marra pleaded no contest to dereliction of duty in 2008 and resigned as a Uniontown police officer. He was sentenced to two years of probation.

Marra, 37, is now the police chief of Brady Lake in northeastern Ohio.

Court records say Marra, then 31, had sex while on duty with a girl when she was 16 and 17. He was never formally charged with a sexual offense.

Over the objections of prosecutors and at Marra’s request, Judge John Poulos sealed Marra’s conviction on Thursday, meaning it will no longer appear in public court records, The Repository reported.

Poulus said it appeared that Marra’s conviction qualified to be sealed under law.

Prosecutors who argued against sealing the record said Marra should be held to a higher standard, considering his position.

Marra, who was sworn in as Brady Lake police chief in March, declined to comment.

When contacted by WOIO-TV in March, Brady Lake Mayor Hal Lehman said Marra’s background check didn’t reveal details of his conviction.

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