Handling of Auditor Traffic Stop Prompts Special Investigation

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Investigators from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department are expected in town later this week to begin reviewing the actions of officers who were involved in a recent traffic stop involving Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene called for the outside assistance after hearing rumors relating to the May 26 traffic stop in Canfield  involving  Sciortino.

Sciortino was cited for a marked lane violation and has since paid a $130 fine.

Greene said he is concerned about the way his staff, including a member of his command team, handled the situation.

“The reason I reached out to the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association is to have an independent sheriff’s office investigate these allegations is because it’s involving one of my fiduciary command staff,” said Greene. “I also think it’s important to say that I don’t have all the facts and that’s what we are going to find out, what those facts are. I’m hopeful sometime next week we’re gonna find out what those facts are.”

Greene has not identified any of the employees involved with the case but says as soon as the detectives from Summit County turn their findings over to him, he will determine what, if any, disciplinary action needs to be taken.

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