Taxpayer challenges sending fine from Jackson coach's locker room video to Newtown

CANTON, Ohio - A taxpayer is challenging an Ohio judge's decision that a $5,000 fine paid by a former high school basketball coach who videotaped boys in a locker room shower should go to a Connecticut community where 20 first-graders and six educators died.

The challenge, arguing that fines should go to the county under Ohio law, was sent Wednesday to the Stark County prosecutor by Craig Conley, an attorney representing resident Thomas Marcelli on behalf of county taxpayers. Their letter asked the prosecutor to take legal action against the judge to recover the money, plus interest, and ensure it is paid to the county.

Conley's letter said he wasn't aware of state law allowing for such a fine to go toward a fund other than the county's general fund, and he cited two previous cases in which he said a state appeals court found lower courts didn't have the authority to direct fine payments to charities and other entities.

The letter didn't further explain the motivation for the challenge. An after-hours message was left with Conley's office.

A week after the Connecticut elementary school shooting, Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione sentenced coach Scott Studer to 15 years in prison and issued instructions for the $5,000 fine, saying he hoped some good could come from Studer's crimes.

More than 70 boys were identified on the tapes made since 2005 at Jackson High School near Canton, where Studer coached the freshman boys basketball team.

The judge said Wednesday that he will review the taxpayer's concerns about the fine.

Studer's attorney, Jim Haupt, said he was aware of the challenge but declined to comment on it.

Conley asked John Ferrero, who led the coach's prosecution, to recuse himself and seek an out-of-county prosecutor to handle the fine issue. A message was left for Ferrero.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Resident drops suit over Jackson coach Resident drops suit over Jackson coach's fine sent to Newtown

An Ohio taxpayer is dismissing his lawsuit over a $5,000 court fine that a judge directed to the Connecticut community where 26 people were killed in a school shooting.

Taxpayer challenges sending fine from Jackson coach Taxpayer challenges sending fine from Jackson coach's locker room video to Newtown

A taxpayer has challenged an Ohio judge's decision that the Newtown, Conn., school support fund should get a $5,000 fine paid by a former basketball coach who videotaped boys in a locker room shower.

Former Jackson Township basketball coach Scott Studer pleads guilty to videotaping nude boys Former Jackson Township basketball coach Scott Studer pleads guilty to videotaping nude boys

Former Jackson Township basketball coach Scott Studer pleads guilty to videotaping nude boys and is sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay his fine to Newtown, Conn., fund.

Jackson ex-coach Scott Studer set to plead guilty over nude videos Jackson ex-coach Scott Studer set to plead guilty over nude videos

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.

Anonymous tipster made more serious allegations against Jackson Township coach Scott Studer in 2011 Anonymous tipster made more serious allegations against Jackson Township coach Scott Studer in 2011

Nearly two years ago, an anonymous tipster reported more serious allegations against the now resigned Jackson Township High School freshman basketball coach.

Former coach Scott Studer pleads not guilty to charges of videotaping nude boys in locker room Former coach Scott Studer pleads not guilty to charges of videotaping nude boys in locker room

The former basketball coach at Jackson High School has pleaded not guilty to charges he recorded athletes in the locker room showers.

Grand jury indicts former Jackson High basketball coach Scott Studer in nude locker room video case Grand jury indicts former Jackson High basketball coach Scott Studer in nude locker room video case

A Stark County grand jury has indicted the former Jackson High School basketball coach on charges he recorded players in the shower.

Victim total rises to 74 as investigation of Jackson High basketball coach Scott Studer continues Victim total rises to 74 as investigation of Jackson High basketball coach Scott Studer continues

Ten more victims have been uncovered in the investigation of Jackson High School basketball coach Scott Studer.

64 students identified in Jackson High School coach Scott Studer nude photos investigation 64 students identified in Jackson High School coach Scott Studer nude photos investigation

The police chief in Jackson Township confirms that 64 boys have been identified in the Jackson High School basketball coach investigation involving nude photos of boys.

14 more boys identified in nude videos allegedly taken by former coach Scott Studer 14 more boys identified in nude videos allegedly taken by former coach Scott Studer

Jackson Township police have identified 14 new victims in the investigation of former Jackson High School basketball coach Scott Studer.