The prosecution says Sturgeon perjured himself during a deposition in Columbus.
By JEFF ORTEGA
COLUMBUS -- A Franklin County judge released a Boardman lawyer on his own recognizance Wednesday after he surrendered to authorities in the wake of a three-count perjury indictment against him.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Guy L. Reece II ordered Atty. Edward F. Sturgeon to remain in touch with court officials pending his arraignment on the three-count felony indictment returned by a Franklin County grand jury Monday.
Sturgeon had surrendered to authorities in Mahoning County on Tuesday after hearing of the indictment, said his attorney, Percy Squire of Columbus.
Sturgeon traveled to appear before the Franklin County judge for a bond hearing Wednesday.
Prosecutors and the indictment allege that Sturgeon made false statements to state disciplinary counsel investigators Nov. 10, 2004. The 53-year-old Sturgeon 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, said a story in The Vindicator. He is facing charges in Franklin County court because the deposition was given in Columbus.
The misconduct case pursued by the disciplinary counsel against Sturgeon remains pending. The Mahoning County Bar Association assisted in the probe of the misconduct case.
If convicted, Sturgeon faces maximum sentences of up to five years in state prison and maximum fines of up to $10,000 on each perjury count, said David Zeyen, an assistant Franklin County prosecutor.
Sturgeon's arraignment on the charges has not been scheduled, court officials said.
Sturgeon declined to comment Wednesday.