VAN WERT – Van Wert County Auditor Philip Baxter and Deputy Auditors Julienne Rolsten and Juliann Zinn all plead not guilty in the Van Wert Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday. The trio was indicted last week by the Grand Jury and were arraigned on the charges Wednesday morning.

Baxter was handed indictments for breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree; intimidation, a misdemeanor of the first degree; and unauthorized use of property, a felony of the fifth degree.

Rolsten was handed indictments for breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree; tampering with records, a felony of the third degree; and unauthorized use of property, a felony of the fifth degree.

Zinn was handed an indictment for breaking and entering, a felony of the fifth degree.

All three were released on surety bonds with the condition that they have no contact with the County Treasurer’s Office and that their computers be available for inspection by the BCI.

According to court documents, the breaking and entering indictments stem from an incident that occurred on May 30, 2019, in the Van Wert County Treasurer's Office on the second floor of the Van Wert County Courthouse.

According to the indictment for Baxter's intimidation charge, from around Aug. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2019, Baxter, "did knowingly attempt to intimidate or hinder the victim of a crime or delinquent act in the filing or prosecution of criminal charges."

The indictment for Rolsten's tampering with records charge states that from March 1, 2019, through April 30, 2019, Rolsten, "knowing she has no privilege to do so... did falsify, destroy, remove, conceal, alter, deface, or mutilate any writing, computer software, data or record" and "did utter any writing or record, knowing it to have been tampered with."

An investigation is being conducted by Henry County Prosecutor Gwen Howe-Gerbers, who is acting as a special prosecutor for the case

A pretrial was scheduled for all three in January.