JUST IN: U.S. Attorney Glassman to resign

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman will resign effective Nov. 1, his office has announced.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said Monday the office expects to swear in David DeVillers on that date.

In August, President Trump nominated David DeVillers as the new U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio – a pick backed by Ohio U.S. Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. DeVillers is a current and long-time assistant U.S. attorney in the office.

Among his many Dayton-area cases: Glassman, 44, played a role in a federal corruption investigation into three former local politicians and a businessman. In April, at the time the case was first unveiled, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Deters said Dayton was caught up in a “culture of corruption” and joined colleagues in saying the investigation was ongoing and likely to produce more arrests.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl offered praise for Glassman in a statement released Monday from the U.S. attorney’s office.

“We will miss his great skill and dedication that has been of such great service to our community and the Miami Valley region,” the chief said.

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Glassman is a graduate of Rice University and Harvard Law School. He joined the U.S. attorney’s office in 2005, becoming acting U.S. attorney in March 2016. He has served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio since his appointment to that position by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in October 2016. He previously served as first assistant U.S. attorney, acting criminal chief and appellate chief.

Under this tenure, the office marked the first-ever indictment and extradition of an alleged Chinese intelligence officer for attempted economic espionage, a prosecution for racketeering of the Ohio clique of MS-13 that has resulted in a life sentence for its leader, one of only two criminal cases in the nation against an opioid wholesaler and its executives, prosecutions arising out of “several of the most significant financial frauds in the history of Ohio and West Virginia,” and more, his office said in a statement.

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“Glassman sought to address the opioid crisis and violent crime not only by devoting resources to those areas but also by building and leveraging partnerships among law enforcement at all levels of government,” said the statement, released on Monday.

Current data show that both fatal overdoses and violent crime in the district are declining, his office said.

In late September, Glassman and his colleagues announced what they said was the disruption of a significant Dayton-based narcotics ring. At the time, they announced charges against 19 people in an alleged trafficking conspiracy that distributed kilogram-quantities of deadly Fentanyl and other drugs across Southwestern Ohio and other states.

Glassman served in the post on an interim basis. In March 2017, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions requested resignations of 46 U.S. attorneys.

Staff Writer Laura Bischoff contributed to this story.

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