Ex-auditor Sciortino pleads guilty in computer-use case

Sciortino is accused of misusing his county-owned computers for political purposes while in office

michael sciortino youngstown ohio guilty plea

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Monday was another day in court for former Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino.

Sciortino appeared in front of a visiting judge and pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony and a first-degree misdemeanor in connection with charges of misusing his county-owned computers for political purposes while in office. He was indicted on those charges last June, after he was already facing dozens of counts related to the Oakhill Renaissance corruption case and had been removed from office.

In late February, when both Sciortino and Youngstown Mayor John McNally pleaded guilty in connection with Oakhill in Cleveland, special prosecutors with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office indicated the agreement had also been worked out in this matter as well.

While Sciortino was placed on probation last month as part of the Oakhill case, he could still face up to a year in prison in this case, as well as thousands in fines or another probationary sentence.

Sciortino will be sentenced at 1 p.m. May 19 and faces one year in prison or a fine and probation.

Sciortino and his lawyer had no comment on the case on Monday.

Editor’s note: The headline of an earlier version of this story stated that Sciortino would be sentenced Monday. We regret any confusion this may have caused.

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