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Trial date set for local attorney



Published: Thu, October 26, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



COLUMBUS -- The felony perjury trial of a Boardman lawyer charged with lying to state investigators in connection with alleged sexual misconduct involving former clients is scheduled to begin Dec. 11.

Edward F. Sturgeon faces trial on three counts of perjury.

The charges stem from statements Sturgeon allegedly gave to disciplinary counsel investigators Nov. 10, 2004.

Sturgeon has admitted two sex-related acts with clients in his private practice.

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

Sturgeon has denied 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 admitted that he had not been truthful in some of the answers he gave during a deposition with investigators from the Ohio Supreme Court's disciplinary counsel.

Prosecutors say Sturgeon was charged in Franklin County because his interview with the disciplinary counsel took place in that jurisdiction.

Sturgeon has pleaded innocent to the charges.




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