Judge sentences parking employee to three years probation


Former Miami University parking supervisor Tommy Jessie was sentenced to three years of community control probation for stealing almost $50,000 from the university’s parking system.

Jessie pleaded guilty Feb. 17 in Butler County Common Pleas Court. At that time, he repaid the $49,987.98 he stole through the parking department’s credit card system, according to the county prosecutor’s office. 

He was sentenced on March 25 by Judge Jennifer McElfresh. As part of the sentence, Jessie must undergo drug and alcohol monitoring, attend theft classes and obtain and maintain full-time employment. If these conditions are violated, Jessie can face up to 12 months in prison for the fifth degree felony under Ohio law. 

Jessie was employed at the university for nine years, including during the time of theft. According to prosecutors, Jessie used his position as a parking supervisor to refund himself money through Miami’s credit card systems. The thefts occurred between Aug. 30, 2019, and Aug. 20, 2021, with Jessie’s employment being terminated on Aug. 20, 2021.