Posted: 5:58 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014

WARREN COUNTY

Second of two LCI guards sent to prison



By Lauren Pack

Staff Writer

LEBANON —

The second of two former lieutenants at Lebanon Correctional Institution convicted of selling steroids was sent to prison Friday on drug charges.

Anthony G. Conn, 41, of Miamisburg, was sentenced to five years behind bars by Warren County Judge James Flannery after pleading guilty in February to eight felony charges, including drug trafficking, manufacturing and using anabolic steroids as well as child endangerment. He will have to serve a mandatory three years before being considered for any type of judicial release.

Conn was also ordered to pay $42,500 in fines and was placed on three years post release control once he has completed his sentence. He told Flannery he had accepted responsibility for his actions.

“Your honor, not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about what I done. I have no reason or excuse,” Conn said. “I’m not going to try to convince you. …I made a huge mistake; got into something I should have never messed with.

“Never been in trouble in my life, been a law abiding citizen,” he said. “Doesn’t make up for this; I understand that.”

Flannery told Conn what he did was no different from any other drug dealer.

“When you start selling it to other people you’re really no different than the person trafficking heroin, cocaine or marijuana,” the judge said. “You’re selling it for a profit. That kind of behavior will never be tolerated.”

Conn sold drugs in various locations throughout Warren County, including the Powder Keg Harley-Davidson in Deerfield Twp., from 2012 to 2013. He also pleaded guilty to manufacturing and possessing steroids while his daughter, a minor, was present.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Conn ordered drug ingredients from China and assembled the drugs.

On March 12, Brian M. Bendel, 43, of Somerville in Preble County, a co-worker with Conn at LCI, was sentenced to four years in prison by Flannery for possessing and selling anabolic steroids outside prison walls.

Conn and Bendel were arrested and indicted in September on a collective 70 criminal charges.

The Warren County Drug Task Force conducted a nine-month investigation into illegal steroid use, distribution and manufacture among staff at the close-security state prison.

Conn and Bendel each abruptly resigned from their state prison jobs in April without giving notice. Both men started working in the prison system in 1994 and had received positive performance reviews.

 
 

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