YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Former Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino was sentenced Thursday on charges unrelated to the Oakhill corruption case. It is his second sentencing in the last six weeks.
Sciortino was sentenced to four to six months at the Community Corrections Association halfway house in Youngstown for using county-owned office equipment for political purposes. He will have to stay at the CCA during that time, but he can be released for work.
In front of visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove, Sciortino admitted his arrogance got him into trouble.
“Things happen for a reason, you know. I have to examine my own actions, my own actions that lead to consequences.”
Sciortino, who was removed from office in February of last year after being charged as part of the Oakhill Renaissance corruption case, was then indicted on two dozen other counts including theft in office.
As part of his deal in the Oakhill indictment, Sciortino also agreed to plead guilty to two counts of “unauthorized use of property.”
He and Youngstown Mayor John McNally took a plea deal in the Oakhill case. They were sentenced to probation and community service. Additionally, Sciortino can’t hold public office for seven years.
In court Thursday, Judge Cosgrove called his fall from public office “meteoric.”
“Your fall from grace has been meteoric here,” she said. “You don’t have a law license. I think you’re working as a manager in a donut shop. I mean, it doesn’t get any worse than that.”
John Juhasz, Sciortino’s lawyer, asked the judge to consider giving his client probation, similar to his sentence from the Oakhill case.
“Michael is someone who has a new commitment to sobriety, a new commitment to his family, a new commitment, actually, to God.”
Judge Cosgrove said that while Sciortino is remorseful, he needs to be punished to send a message to other government workers and the public.
“You gotta be punished because it has to send a message you can’t get away with this conduct…every county employee’s going to be looking at you saying, ‘Hey, he got a slap on the wrist and I can keep doing the same things I’ve been doing.’ It isn’t gonna happen.”
Although Sciortino will have work-release privileges, she wanted him to begin his sentence right away and ordered deputies to take him into custody.