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Marc Dann’s wife files for divorce

Published: Fri, April 16, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.





Alyssa Lenhoff



Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann

The wife of former Attorney General Marc Dann, who admitted an extramarital affair while he was in office, has filed for divorce.

Alyssa Lenhoff, who married Dann on Aug. 30, 1987, filed divorce papers Thursday in Trumbull County Domestic Relations Court.

“After many months of living apart, Marc and I have decided it is in everyone’s best interests to make our separation permanent,” Lenhoff wrote in a prepared statement Thursday to The Vindicator.

Dann declined to comment Thursday in an e-mail to the newspaper.

The divorce filing comes as the two face an investigation into potential criminal charges during Dann’s tenure of less than 17 months as attorney general.

The statute of limitations on any misdemeanor crimes against the two expires May 14, two years after Dann resigned as attorney general.

The two, who live in Liberty, will share custody of their 15-year-old daughter, according to Lenhoff’s court filing. Their 18-year-old son will graduate from high school in June and is “considered an emancipated, self-serving adult for purposes of this litigation,” according to the filing.

“Differences have arisen between the parties, making them incompatible, one with the other, which has made the continuation of their marital relationship unendurable,” Lenhoff’s court filing reads.

In her prepared statement, Lenhoff wrote: “Marc and I intend to remain cooperative in order to serve the best interests of our wonderful children. Our children remain the top priority of both of our lives. During this extremely personal chapter of my often-public life, I respectfully request that everyone appreciate my family’s need for privacy and continued healing.”

Lenhoff, Youngstown State University’s journalism director, wrote that the statement would be her only comment on the divorce filing.

Dann, a Democrat, resigned May 14, 2008, 12 days after an internal attorney general report sharply criticized his administration for cronyism, unprofessional behavior and sexual harassment.

Dann told The Vindicator on May 2, 2008, the day the report was released, that he had an affair that went on for several months with Jessica Utovich, who served as his scheduler at the attorney general’s office.

In an interview with The Vindicator last May to mark the one-year anniversary of his resignation, Dann said he quit to concentrate on repairing his family life.

“I had broken my trust with my wife,” he said. “I had much work to do to repair that relationship.”

Three of Dann’s top officials when he was attorney general have been found guilty of various ethics charges in Franklin County Municipal Court. The three have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Dann and Lenhoff are the only remaining names still under investigation who were listed on a December 2008 report by the Ohio Ethics Commission about potential criminal conduct at the attorney general’s office.

The report states Dann is being investigated for the questionable use of his campaign fund and a transition account that raised money for the time between November 2006 election and his January 2007 swearing-in as attorney general.

Investigation documents also question Lenhoff’s involvement in attempting to secure a $6,500 grant from the attorney general’s office to fund a “cold case” course at YSU, her employer.

In e-mails last month, Dann and Lenhoff wrote they didn’t do anything that violates the law.


1AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I wonder what Bentley thinks of his son-in-law now?

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2havinmysay(155 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Another so-called white collar criminal is about to skate off untouched. He's a grease ball who belongs in jail..

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3benny0413(4 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Your friends from Boardman High know your heart Alice...our prayers and thoughts are with you. Take care of yourself and your kids...that is all that matters.

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4MFC997(261 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

pay to play ... isn't that how YOU put it Mr. Dann ??? Ye reap what ye has sown ...

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Marc Dann is now free to pursue the bimbos . We have not heard the last of Marc's exploits . He is destined to see the world as his oyster until he gets shucked .

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6XFilesX(77 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

AL is a class act, much too classy for MD. I know someone who used to work for MD before public office and he was a jerk then. Doesn't seem to be any different. She's better off without him. Maybe she'll get a man who deserves her. Best of luck AL!

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71970mach1(1005 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Will be nice when these two gasbags are out of the public, and she can take her dad, King Gasbag, with her.

Maybe Bertram was onto something when he said there might be reason to believe that Lenhoff could be persuaded to turn against her husband. Who would of thought, Bertram the marriage counselor.

Shame their kids have to go through all of this b/c their parents are such clowns.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Marc's emails . . ..


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9oldstown(267 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I'm no Fann of Dann, but this is NOT news...move on people, he's been out of office for ages now.

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10havinmysay(155 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I could care less about the divorce but these two slimeballs belong in jail for stealing and misappropriating campaign funds.

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11Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Who's surprised here?

Not knowing the personal intricacies in the relationship this was an eventual definite. That by all means in regards to an array of factors regardless to hospitable relations was foreseen months ago.

However, I don't think the sleuths thinking she's going to flip and sink him are onto anything here. Being merely associated with a person like what Marc Dann has done is a tarnished offering. Thus being married to him absolutely bears a weight, burden and disgrace not many women would be able to stand and none would be favorable to.

Aside from the rampant running roughshod through public trust, abuse of authority of the office. By deliberate act's and deeds the guy absolutely treated his wife with more disdain, debasement and flat out disrespect than any commoner on the streets could have ever managed.

Where beyond the moral compass of sexual infidelity. The commensurate slap in the face was having her position on paper as a whore campaigning for a mere $6,500.00 shady dollars as a spousal shyster. When the other women he was co-whoring with were getting far more compensation than $6.500.00 bucks for tolerating him.

I mean why not just give the Ms. the $6,500.00 bucks out of salary in manner of supportive spousal posture or as an out of pocket donation to the program or school. To not do that and try to go the route of forcing more expense on the taxpayers implicates his wife is deplorable as the crime wave operation he ran.

It's just my hope as a humane individual that the children make it well coming from under the cloud of what their father did and has tied their mother into being projected as a two bit chintzy change chick on his fringes.

See it's seedy, high vis and won't go away just by it no longer anchoring headlines. Which the innocent and parentally victimized children are now forced to grow beyond it. In a realm of scrutiny where unfortunately some in society can be cruel, cynical, opinionated, insensitive and so unreasonable.

That there will be those young and old trying to label or stereotype the children for something they had absolutely nothing to do with.

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12bad(23 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

what took so long she can do better.

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13McTide(10 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

With all the lawyers and shady activities involved here this may have just as much to do with shielding assets as anything else.

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14walter_sobchak(2726 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Makes me laugh when I think of the way Dann would criticize the Taft administration for the "culture of corruption" and the "pay to play" environment. Not to defend Taft, the guy was far and away the worst governor we have ever had. But, it amazes me what some people will throw everything away for. A roll inthe hay with a scheduler? $6500 for a grant? Or, like Tiger, did Dann feel he is entitled? I guess it depends on what your definition of "is" is!

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