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AG to review Mahoning Auditor Sciortino’s traffic stop

Published: Wed, July 10, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By Denise Dick



Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office has agreed to investigate the May 26 traffic stop involving Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino.

Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for DeWine, said the file has been referred to the AG’s special prosecutions unit.

There’s no set time frame for a decision.

An investigator “will look into the incident and decide if any additional charges will be filed,” she said.

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains said he referred the case to DeWine’s office.

“Because of the parties involved, I wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety,” he said.

Sciortino couldn’t be reached.

A Mahoning County deputy sheriff pulled over Sciortino late May 26 on suspicion of driving under the influence and then a sheriff’s department supervisor drove Sciortino home. Though a Summit County investigation reported he “failed miserably” a field sobriety test, Sciortino was cited for a marked-lanes violation and paid a fine and court costs in Mahoning County Court in Canfield.

Those involved told investigators that the auditor didn’t request special treatment.

Sciortino issued an apology last week, saying he let his friends, family and supporters down.

Sheriff Jerry Greene last week demoted the supervisor, T.J. Assion; suspended Maj. Jeffrey Allen, patrol supervisor, for 10 days without pay; and Sgt. James Touville, the deputy who stopped Sciortino, will be disciplined following the procedure in the union contract.

Greene’s action came at the conclusion of an investigation into the matter by the Summit County Sheriff’s office which was requested by Greene.

That report says that Sciortino failed a field sobriety test and was handcuffed by Touville, before Assion told Touville to uncuff him. Assion came to the scene after Allen called him. Allen was called by a supervisor whom Touville had called, the report said.

Del Greco likened Gains’ referral to DeWine’s office to Greene’s asking Summit County to conduct the investigation.

In cases involving law enforcement or county officials, local agencies request the attorney general’s office to review the cases so there’s “no perceived conflict of interest,” she said.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

1) We pay the Sheriff and his management team oodles of tax payers monies to fight crime, they kick the can to the Summit County Sheriff's office. 2) Summit County finds some problems, they kick it back to Mahoning County Sheriff who 3) Brings in the Prosecutor of Mahoning County who gets oodles of taxpayers money to fight crime. They both come up with the bright idea to release 3/4's of the report and kick the can to the State Attorney General's office who receives oodles of taxpayer's money to fight crime.

Bet that a 'special prosecutor' is soon sought.

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2gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The only people with anything to worry about is the MCSD. They have a deputy who was fired before for doing the same thing, that is covering up a crime. He's done it again and wasn't fired this time. How many other crimes have these failures covered up?

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3zman08(1 comment)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

i think it's about time we make all law enforcement, state and county officials abide by the same laws we citizens are required to

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

You said he covered up a crime. I can't figure out from the article in the Vindy what he did or was accused of. It is confusing to me. I know he was fired and got his job back, but do you know what happened in the first place?

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5Crazygal05(11 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

They look out for each other and make real problems go away for each other and for their family members too....where we live the volunteer firemen, friends and family speed threw our area because our cops are from another city and just drive threw our village every two hours...never stick around to nail any speeders...even the farm equipment hauls a** and lots of kids around...just look out for each other and give lessor charges if someone actually does their job and pulls over a violator....Average Joe loses again because laws only apply to them...us

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6handymandave(459 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Gains also wanted to remove any doubt that he doesn't know what the hell he's doing in the prosecutor's office. How easy it is to shove a case to someone else when you lack the coconuts to do it yourself.

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7gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Video tape shows Sciortino in cuffs, the deputy on scene called in that he had him for DUI, the commander scrambles to the scene to get him outta of there. But I guess what obvious to some is hard to figure out to others. No cop handcuffs the county auditor, who was passed out in his car. Wait never mind, this is a waste of time. Here, here's your sign.

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81970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

You are a complete moron. I was referring to the incident when the deputy was fired.

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9gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I am so use to dealing with deliberate ignorance on here, that if people aren't precise then I have no idea how to respond. A couple years back, this Assion and a couple other off duty deputies were in the Lanai Lounge on South Ave. extremely intoxicated. When they left, one of the idiots discharged a firearm in the parking lot. Assion did the same thing at that time as he did now he covered it up and was fired. This guy is Greenes buddy, he was very active with his campaign. The one where Greene ran on a platform of ending th exact thing he's doing now. I think that's why he demoted him from a rank he didn't earn. Now when they push him to punish Assion further he can say he already did. And you can be garunteed he will promote him back when everything dies down..

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10Sparky(182 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

gdog garuntees it so it must be true. 1970 is right.

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11Sparky(182 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Jerk can't even spell

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12gdog4766(1473 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

That's all you glean from that a&&hole.

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13Sparky(182 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago


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14Sparky(182 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

You're negativity with every post on every story is tiresome. Why don't you simply move from the area to a better place of which you deserve? Oh wait that's right you can't because you're living rent free in your moms basement and have all day to make arsehole negative comments pretending to be a know it all. Mommys little boy.. how sweet. Probably a high school dropout on unemployment is my guess.

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