Chief in Parker-Broderick case on paid leave

August 4, 2009 12:20:06 PM PDT
One of two Ohio police chiefs accused of snooping on a celebrity surrogate mother has been placed on paid leave.

The village council in Bridgeport voted Monday to put Chief Chad Dojack on leave pending the outcome of the case, which involves the woman who carried twins for actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.

Dojack and Police Chief Barry Carpenter of neighboring Martins Ferry in eastern Ohio pleaded not guilty on Friday to several felonies. A special prosecutor said the men conspired to take items from the surrogate's Martins Ferry home to sell to paparazzi.

Carpenter and his attorney met Monday with the Martins Ferry mayor and safety director. Mayor Phil Wallace said he'd make an announcement about the chief's status on Tuesday.

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