WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The attorney representing a former Trumbull County official is asking people to leave his client’s family alone.

David Hines walked into a Warren Municipal courtroom Thursday accompanied by his family and attorney Gary Rich.

The former Trumbull County auditor pleaded no contest last month and was found guilty of misdemeanor menacing.

Hines was arrested back in September after a 15-year-old girl reported being followed by a white Mustang as she was walking on Elm Road.

“David tries to help everyone. David thought this poor young girl was in trouble and pulled over and said come to the car for safety, nothing else, nothing sexual was said or done,” Rich said.

When First News Trumbull County reporter Nadine Grimley asked Hines about the accusation, Hines’s daughter said he had dementia.

“Dave is not well. He’s going to the hospital right now. What’s happened to Dave is going to happen to all of us someday. We did this just to get this behind us all,” Rich said.

Judge Terry Ivanchak said he was “very concerned” about Hines’ physical and mental health and sentenced him to 30 days in jail, with 29 days suspended and credit for 1 day served.
He was also ordered to pay a $100 fine and was placed on probation for five years.

“Judge Terry Ivanchak set two conditions on Hines’s probation including not having any contact with the victim and no driving,” Rich said.

After the hearing, Rich said Hines had honorably and faithfully served the county for more than three decades and pleaded with the public to leave the Hines family alone.

“People are harassing his family, driving by his house trying to ambush him. Instead of that, I’d ask anybody to search out and find anyone who ever rightly asked Dave for help that Dave did not help,” Rich said.