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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 3 years 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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2republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 3 years ago

I guess we now know that Sheriff Green runs a corrupt office. I earlier had high hopes for him but it appears that confidence is misplaced. He didn't have the nuts to fire Assion who has run into trouble before.

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3zman08(1 comment)posted 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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(578 comments)posted 3 years 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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7republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 3 years ago

I talked to someone who was with Sciotino the night in question and he was definitely "impaired". This person, active in politics, said it has been standard practice for the past 30 years that the sheriff's office looks out for the politicians. That's why the sheriff deputies all knew who to call up the chain of command due to this "situation".

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81970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years ago

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

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