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SUMMITVILLE Mayor faces several sex-related charges



Published: Thu, February 20, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



EAST PALESTINE -- Salem businessman and Summitville Mayor Arthur Spack is expected to answer sex-related charges made by four women.

Spack, 56, of Fink Road, Kensington, was to appear for a hearing at 2:30 p.m. today before Judge Mark Frost in Columbiana County Municipal Court.

He faces several charges, the severest of which is compelling prostitution, a felony. Spack is accused of two counts of the crime.

Basis for charges

The first compelling-prostitution charge is based on Salem police's accusation that Spack offered a 24-year-old Winona woman money in 1998 for a sex act at a Salem insurance business Spack owns.

The other prostitution charge claims Spack offered a 15-year-old Salem girl money for sex in summer 2001 at Mimi's Cafe on Penn Avenue in Salem. The girl was employed by Spack, who owns Mimi's, police say.

If convicted, Spack faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the compelling-prostitution charge involving the woman.

He faces a maximum of eight years and a $15,000 fine on the same charge involving the juvenile.

Spack also faces three misdemeanor charges of sexual imposition.

He is accused of inappropriately touching three females, including the 15-year-old, on separate occasions between August 2002 and Jan. 9.

Each of the misdemeanor offenses carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Spack, who is free on a $26,000 cash or surety bond, has refused to comment on the allegations or a requestthat he resign.

Councilman Robert Marra Sr. has said Spack should step down.

The seriousness of the charges themselves, even absent a guilty finding, warrant Spack's resignation, Marra has said.

He also has noted that Spack ignored council last year when it asked him to resign after missing three consecutive council meetings.

Spack, a Republican, was elected in 1999. His term expires at the end of this year.




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