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Tiffin man pleads guilty to spitting in correctional officer’s face during ‘psychotic episode’

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TIFFIN, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — A Tiffin man on Thursday pleaded guilty to spitting on a Seneca County Jail correctional officer.

Tiler J. Clinger, 33, pleaded guilty to felony harassment with a bodily substance.

Clinger was arrested back in December after authorities received a report of a possible active home invasion around 5:15 PM.

A day after arriving at the Seneca County Jail, Clinger was already “going ballistic,” forcing officers to try to put him in an emergency restraint chair. During this process, Clinger decided to spit on one of the correctional officers during what a source called a “psychotic episode.”

Authorities say Clinger was arrested and charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Clinger allegedly forcefully entered the home at 1618 E. US 224 in Eden Township with the intent to commit theft.

Clinger allegedly dropped his personal Bible near a broken basement window, which is where authorities say Clinger forcefully entered the home. Clinger allegedly bolted out the back door when authorities arrived on-scene.

The Bible had Clinger’s name written inside. After bolting out the back door, Clinger used a flashlight to find his way around, but the light led deputies to him when he was arrested.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and conducted the arrest.

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