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Police investigate fake email address

Sandusky Register Staff • Jan 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Brian Panetta, who was in his fifth year of employment with the school, was forced to resign this past week after announcing his plans to pursue a gay marriage with his partner. The Register posted a story online Saturday, which included a link to Panetta’s website.

The woman, 50, who lives in the 400 block of Bell Ave., called police Sunday and said someone contacted Panetta on the site, using her name and a false email address, according to a Perkins police report.

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“Do you really have the signatures of all these parents to display their children’s pictures” the message said. “You can be (sued) if you don’t”

Panetta’s website includes some photos of Sandusky Central Catholic School music students, which the woman said she provided him recently and which include a picture of her son, according to the report.

The woman said she supports Panetta and his efforts. He contacted her about the falsified email, and she decided to call police.

The woman also contacted her ex-husband, who said he didn’t send any emails using her name, according to the report. Police are attempting to track the individual’s IP address to determine who sent the message.

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