Former Ohio State Highway Patrol lieutenant convicted of stealing gun

William Elschlager

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) – A Former Ohio State Highway Patrol lieutenant has been convicted of theft for stealing a gun that was left in evidence.

According to Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien, William Elschlager was indicted after two guns were found in his Marietta home. The firearms were found during a search related to another investigation.

Elschlager was originally charged for the theft of both guns, but the charges related to one of the guns was dismissed.

“The theft charges Mr. Elschlager was found guilty of were affiliated with a gun that had been in evidence during the time he was a patrolman at the Delaware County Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” said O’Brien. “The gun was cataloged by Mr. Elschlager as having been returned to the owner.”

Elschlager will be sentenced on January 19.

Elschlager also faces federal charges for allegedly cyberstalking a woman he had an affair with.

Investigators say Elschlager had an affair with the wife of another state trooper for a period of about six months in 2015. She broke off the relationship, later telling investigators Elschlager was “creepy.” She noted as an example, finding a large ball of human hair in a bathroom drawer. She says Elschlager told her it was her hair that he’d collected around his house.

In the months that followed, according to the criminal complaint, he allegedly followed and stalked her.

Eschlager’s trial on the federal charges is set to begin on January 8, 2018. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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