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GIRARD Former superintendent indicted



Published: Wed, May 29, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Shoaf had a VIP card at a Bedford Heights strip club, its president says.

By TIM YOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- Joseph Shoaf will be arraigned Tuesday on drug-related and intimidation charges.

A Trumbull County grand jury indicted the former Girard schools superintendent Wednesday on two counts of corrupting another with drugs and one count each of intimidation of a victim, possession of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine.

He has been free on $100,000 bond he posted May 22 after the county prosecutor charged him directly with some counts.

In part, the basis of the charges is a conversation tape-recorded by a 17-year-old female student in Shoaf's office at the high school.

According to a police affidavit, in the April 23 recording Shoaf can be heard using cocaine with the girl.

He also was drinking vodka and talking of sex.

Police allege that Shoaf, the father of triplets, gave the girl a black lace bra and panties to model for him later.

Strip club mentioned

Shoaf purportedly said he wanted to take the girl to the Crazy Horse, a Cleveland-area strip club.

According to the affidavit, other female students allege similar encounters with Shoaf, 36, of Cortland.

Police said that during a search of Shoaf's office on the day he resigned, they found 12 "booze chips" from the Crazy Horse and 21 free admission tickets to it. The chips can be used to buy alcohol and food.

Al Spencer, president of Crazy Horse in Bedford Heights, said Wednesday that Shoaf had a club VIP card but that it expired in April.

Girard Police Capt. Frank Bigowsky said the possession of cocaine charge is a result of Shoaf's admitting on the tape that he had cocaine in his possession in his office.

The intimidation of a victim is alleged to have taken place May 8 or 9. According to the affidavit, Shoaf told the girl: "As easy as it is for me to get coke, is as easy as it is for me to have someone killed."

The trafficking in cocaine charge is not clear. The indictment says he sold or offered to sell cocaine in March 2002.

Search of office

According to the return on the search warrant of Shoaf's office, police found a bottle containing numerous prescription pills and various other pills. A razor blade and travel brochures also were found.

Girard Detective John Norman said the pills were among evidence collected that has been sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for analysis.

Norman said police have not received a report from BCI.

Victor Wolfe, director of the pharmacy at Forum Health Beeghly Medical Park in Boardman, could not identify the type of pills based on their descriptions on the return of the search warrant.

Although some of the pills are stamped with numerals, Wolfe said information such as shape, color and texture also is needed to identify the pills.

Police also have not received a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol concerning Shoaf's office computer that was seized along with computer disks, Norman said.

According to a second police affidavit, three female students said Shoaf showed them pornography, including one student who said the material was on Shoaf's computer.

Others involved?

Police are getting mixed information about the allegations against Shoaf.

Police Chief Anthony Ross says he thinks two other adults may be involved, but Bigowsky, who is leading the investigations, maintains Shoaf is the focus of the probe and says he knows of no parents or teachers who might be involved.

Ross and Bigowsky, however, are asking that police be contacted if anyone has information about illegal activity at the school buildings.




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