PRESS RELEASE, 5/26/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the indictment of Cincinnati Police Officer Julian Steele


Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Cincinnati Police Officer Julian Steele (dob 6/3/62).

Steele is charged with a variety of felony offenses in a 10 count indictment:


Count 1 Abduction with a firearm specification (Felony 3); 
Count 2 Abduction with a firearm specification (Felony 3); 
Count 3 Intimidation with a firearm specification (Felony 3;
Count 4 Extortion with a firearm specification (Felony 3);
Count 5 Intimidation with a firearm specification (Felony 3);
Count 6 Extortion with a firearm specification (Felony 3);
Count 7 Extortion with a firearm specification (Felony 3);
Counts 8, 9 Rape with a firearm specification (Felony 1); and
Count 10 Sexual Battery with a firearm specification (Felony 3).


If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 70 years in prison.

Counts 1, 2, 3 and 4 charge Steele with falsely accusing and imprisoning a juvenile in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center in the course of a robbery investigation. The remaining counts charge Steele with threats and sexual misconduct against the juvenile's mother as she attempted to secure her child's release from the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "As law enforcement struggles with heightened violence in our communities, it is imperative that in this environment we guard the constitutional rights of all. The victims in this case endured an unconscionable use of police power to satisfy a reprehensible motivation. American society grants law enforcement great power. It is with this power comes grave responsibilities. Misuse cannot be permitted.

I would like to thank Tom Streicher and the Cincinnati Police Department for their efforts and cooperation in this investigation."

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters petitioned the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas to appoint a special prosecutor as members of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office may be witnesses in the case. Judge Dennis Helmick appointed Daniel J. Breyer, Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor, to handle the prosecution.

Special Prosecutor Breyer commented, "The allegations here need to be dealt with quickly and openly. The behavior alleged tarnishes the system and the good name of all law enforcement personnel working hard within it."

All future media inquires should be directed to Special Prosecutor Breyer at 513-732-7313.