State Rep. Barrett resigns

COLUMBUS State Rep. Matt Barrett resigned in disgrace Thursday at the request of the Ohio House of R
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

COLUMBUS

State Rep. Matt Barrett resigned in disgrace Thursday at the request of the Ohio House of Representatives minority leader and could face criminal charges related to an incident in Norwalk last year in which he accidentally projected the image of a topless woman during a civics lecture to a high school class.

"It became clear that Rep. Barrett had not been forthright with me and his colleagues," state Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, said in a news release Thursday, a day after she asked Barrett to resign.

Shortly after the October incident, Beatty downplayed it -- saying one of Barrett's four children, a teenage son, was responsible for the image on his father's computer.

But Beatty's release Thursday said Barrett has now admitted to Beatty that he lied, but the release did not elaborate. Beatty was traveling Thursday and unavailable for comment.