Mayor's stepson faces harassment charges

By Jordan Cohen


The stepson of Mayor Ralph Infante, charged with telecommunications harassment in connection with threatening family members, surrendered Thursday to authorities in Columbus.

He is in the Franklin County Jail and faces an extradition hearing this morning.

Edward Kapturasky Jr., 38, whose last known addresses were in the Columbus area, is accused of making the threats in a text message to his sister Michelle Sudzina of Niles, who is the mayor’s stepdaughter. Investigators have not disclosed specific details about the nature of the threats.

“It was a very lengthy message threatening harm to her and her family,” said city Prosecutor Terry Swauger, who filed the charge in Niles Municipal Court last week. “It caused her to be very concerned.”

Capt. Ken Criswell, chief of Niles detectives, said two deputies will be sent to Columbus today to bring Kapturasky back to Niles to face the telecommunications-harassment charge, which is a misdemeanor.

The maximum punishment for conviction is a 180-day jail sentence.

Chief Robert Hinton declined to disclose what actions his department took to protect the mayor and his family.

A police guard had been stationed briefly at the mayor’s office, but was removed at Infante’s request.

“I didn’t think it was needed, and I didn’t want it,” the mayor said.

Kapturasky has a police record. He was convicted last year of domestic violence and resisting arrest, served 30 days in Trumbull County Jail and was released last July.

Infante said his stepson has a history of emotional problems. “I know he has undergone mental counseling at one time or another,” the mayor said.

Court records show that after his conviction last June, Kapturasky was ordered “transported to an appropriate medical facility upon order and recommendation of his physician.”

U.S. marshals had participated in the search for Kapturasky at the request of police.

“He may have turned himself in to them,” Criswell said.

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