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Former Nordonia School Board member facing 44 additional charges related to child pornography

11/6/2014 by Eric Marotta

Akron — Former Nordonia Hills Board of Education member Steve Bittel was indicted Thursday on dozens of additional child pornography charges related to material found on his home computer, according to a supplemental indictment.

Court records show the supplemental indictment filed Thursday in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas lists 51 additional charges against Bittel, who is already charged with one second-degree felony count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, four counts of felonious assault, also second-degree felonies, and charges of inducing panic and obstructing official business, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

Bittel is now charged with 36 additional fifth-degree felony charges of illegal use of a minor in nude materials, as well as eight fourth-degree felony counts of illegal use of pandering sexual material involving a minor. He also was indicted on four additional fifth-degree felony charges of obstructing official business, as well as three charges of aggravated menacing.

Bittel was arrested Sept. 5 after a five-hour standoff with police at his Ballantrae Drive home. Sagamore Hills police, in conjunction with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, had been executing a search warrant issued by Stow Municipal Court at Bittel’s home pursuant to an investigation into child porn coming from an IP address at Bittel’s residence, police said.
Bittel allegedly threatened Sagamore Hills police officers with a handgun during the incident, according to court records.

Bittel, who has resigned from the Board of Education, is free on bond under electronic monitoring.
A jury trial has been set for Jan. 12, 2015, according to court records

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