Judge grants ex-police officer convicted of sex crimes one-day release

YOUNGSTOWN — A judge has ruled a former Youngstown police officer who spent several years in prison for committing sex offenses against high school girls can be released from his alternative sentencing program for one day to attend his son’s high graduation Sunday.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Judge Anthony D’Apolito’s ruling Thursday also allows Arthur Carter to attend a family graduation after the ceremony at Struthers High School, but requires him to return to the Community Corrections Association in Youngstown by 6 p.m.

A motion filed by Carter’s attorney asked for an order modifying the terms and conditions of Carter’s judicial release so that Carter could attend the graduation and family gathering only.

Carter is participating in an in-house program at CCA, as ordered by D’Apolito when he approved judicial release for Carter on Feb. 1. At the time, Carter still had about six months left on his four-year prison sentence for committing sex offenses against three Ursuline High School students between 2001 and 2009 while he was assistant track coach at the school.

Carter pleaded guilty in July 2020 to three counts of felonious assault in the case.

According to a Feb. 1 judgment entry, a condition of Carter’s judicial release is that Carter was to “have no contact with anyone under 18 years old as coach, volunteer or other such capacity.”


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