The top attorney for the Ohio Department of Public Safety was demoted and suspended on Monday,after a being accused of plotting to discredit the state's Inspector General.
Josh Engel was accused of planning to leak classified documents, 10TV News reported.
The alleged plan was exposed last week during the confirmation hearings for acting public safetydirector Cathy Collins-Taylor.
Inspector General Thomas Charles in April issued a scathing report on a canceled drug sting atthe Governor's Residence.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating Engel's claims, 10TV Newsreported.
A statement from Collins-Taylor, said that an investigation into the allegations "confirmed that a conversation about the release of the security document did take place; however,there is no firm conclusion that the intent of the conversation was to lead to inappropriate actionon behalf of any member of the department."
The investigation revealed that Engel was "involved in a conversation involving actions thatcould discredit the department of public safety."
Engel served as the department's chief legal counsel, who also serves as the department's chiefethics officer.
Calling it "unacceptable," Collins-Taylor said Engel will be suspended for five days and willthen serve as a staff attorney, 10TV News reported.
The full senate will vote on Tuesday on the confirmation of Collins-Taylor. A senate committeevoted 5-4 against her confirmation last week.
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