Former Ohio coach set to plead guilty over nude photos

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors have been told to expect a guilty plea from a former high school basketball coach charged with videotaping nude boys in the locker room over an eight-year period, a prosecutor said today.

The attorney for Scott Studer, 46, signaled the plans to plead guilty to eight counts of illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, Assistant Stark County prosecutor Chryssa Hartnett said.

She declined to comment pending Wednesday’s court hearing.

Studer’s attorney, James Haupt, couldn’t be reached for comment.

The pending guilty plea, first reported by The Repository in Canton, involves all eight counts of the indictment returned against him, Hartnett said.

The prosecution hasn’t offered leniency or any other consideration in return for a guilty plea, she said. Studer could face 64 years in prison, and the sentence will be up to the judge, Hartnett said.

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