Ex-Cop Who Shot Black Man In South Bend Pleads Guilty To Ghost Employment

Sep 8, 2020

Former SBPD Sgt. Ryan O'Neill
Credit Photo provided by SBPD in June of 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man last year roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from an alleged on-duty sexual encounter he had a month before that shooting.

44-year-old Ryan O'Neill pleaded guilty Tuesday to a ghost employment count under a plea agreement in which a special prosecutor dropped a felony charge of official misconduct and a misdemeanor public indecency charge, A special prosecutor filed the charges against O'Neill in March after finding that he was justified in the June 2019 shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan.