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Ohio Attorney General completes investigation into Mahoning County Auditor traffic stop

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Ohio Attorney General's Office has filed an additional minor misdemeanor charge against has Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino as a result of that controversial OVI traffic stop in May.

Dash cam video shows Sciortino was already handcuffed and arrested on an OVI charge, after he was found driving erratically.

Sheriff's Sergeant James Touville told investigators Sciortino was given a field sobriety test and failed miserably. Then Sheriff's Department Commander T.J. Assion showed up at the scene, and "un-arrested" Sciortino and drove him home.

Charging him only with a marked lanes violation. Deputy Assion was demoted, given a $19,000 a year pay cut, and two other deputies were also punished.

Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene and Prosecutor Paul Gains requested that Special Prosecutors at the state level review the traffic stop.

In a letter of the state's findings the Attorney General's Office says, "On the night in question, we found that authorities did not charge Sciortino with OVI, did not complete an arrest report, and did not request any breath, blood, or urine samples. Because there is insufficient evidence of impairment, Sciortino will plead to a failure to control traffic offense."

The Attorney General's letter goes on to say,"In regards to the actions of the Mahoning County Sheriff's office employees involved in the incident; We cannot proceed with any further investigation or prosecution because previous statement given by the officers are constitutionally protected."

That's because the so-called Garrity statements gathered by a public employee as a result of an internal investigation cannot be used in a criminal probe.

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