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Lawyer charged with 3 counts of perjury



Published: Tue, June 6, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Sex-related acts reportedly took place in Edward Sturgeon's Youngstown office.

THE VINDICATOR, YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO

By JEFF ORTEGA

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

COLUMBUS -- A Boardman lawyer has been charged with three felony counts of perjury regarding statements he gave the Supreme Court of Ohio's disciplinary counsel.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said a Franklin County grand jury returned the indictment against Edward F. Sturgeon on Monday.

The indictment says Sturgeon made false statements to disciplinary counsel investigators Nov. 10, 2004. Sturgeon, 53, has acknowledged two sex-related acts with clients in his private practice.

Before a state disciplinary hearing last year on misconduct allegations, Sturgeon acknowledged he had sex with one client in March 2003 and exposed himself to another client in June 2003, both at his office in downtown Youngstown, news reports say.

Sturgeon has denied an accusation that he wanted a third woman to trade sex for legal fees in March 2004 at her townhouse in Liberty.

During the disciplinary hearing, Sturgeon reportedly acknowledged that he had not been truthful in some of the answers he gave during a deposition with disciplinary counsel investigators, a previous Vindicator story said.

The misconduct case pursued by the disciplinary counsel against Sturgeon remains pending. The Mahoning County Bar Association also helped investigate the misconduct case.

O'Brien said a warrant has been issued for Sturgeon's arrest. He had not been arrested as of late Monday.

Potential sentences

David Zeyen, an assistant Franklin County prosecutor, said that if Sturgeon were to be convicted he faces maximum sentences of up to five years in state prison on each count and maximum fines of up to $10,000 on each count.

Sturgeon couldn't immediately be reached to comment Monday.

Ohio Supreme Court records show Sturgeon was admitted to practice law in Ohio in 1979. He obtained his law degree from Ohio Northern University.




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