Warrant issued for former Huron County sheriff deputy who skipped sentencing

Patrick O’Brien was accused of indecent exposure to a neighbor in Port Austin
 The Huron County Sheriff's Office.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office. (WJRT)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:02 PM EDT
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HURON COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - An arrest warrant was issued this week for a former Huron County sheriff deputy who missed a sentencing hearing in his indecent exposure case.

Patrick O’Brien, who previously worked part-time for the sheriff’s office, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure to a woman in Port Austin.

He was scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Monday, but did not show up. The judge issued a criminal bench warrant for O’Brien’s arrest.

Investigators say O’Brien exposed himself several times to a woman in Port Austin on July 26 and 27, 2020, and also engaged in sexual conduct in an area of his home that was visible through a window. O’Brien was off duty when all of the reported incidents took place.

He was placed on administrative leave from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office when the charges were announced in August 2020, but he no longer is employed by the agency.

O’Brien faces up to two years in prison for the indecent exposure charges and he could face additional charges for skipping Monday’s hearing.

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