Fox files suit against Huron board member

Suspended Huron schools superintendent Fred Fox has filed a lawsuit against board of education member Tim Sowecke.
Jessica Cuffman
Sep 19, 2012

Suspended Huron schools superintendent Fred Fox has filed a lawsuit against board of education member Tim Sowecke.

Fox accuses Sowecke of intentionally delivering the McGown and Markling report to the Ohio Ethics Commission to publicly smear him, according to a lawsuit filed in Erie County Common Pleas Court last week.

Fox, suspended since June, and without pay since earlier this month, has been accused of dishonest and illegal conduct, fraud and unethical practices, neglect and carelessness in the performance of his duties, according to the lawsuit.

On Sept. 6, the Huron board of education voted to continue with termination proceedings against Fox with the Ohio Department of Education.

Since then, Fox has requested a public hearing on the charges, to be conducted by a public hearing officer. A date for the hearing has been tentatively set for Oct. 10.

Meanwhile, Fox's attorney, Patrick Murray, has filed the lawsuit against Sowecke, alleging libel and defamation and demanding  $2.5 million in punitive damages from Sowecke.

For more on this story, pick up Thursday's copy of the Register.

Comments

wiredmama222

@Akoun Sold oxet....TY,...I have limited legal knowledge, but what I do know is procedure and what I have seen is a lack thereof.  That is what gets you in total trouble. 

Either this board isn't listening to legal coucil or they haven't any.  I figured it had to be one of the two or both.  As of right now they have to be in so much hot water that beyond this point nothing but legal battles will fly one way and another.  This one will sue that one and so forth until you cannot tell who is suing whom. 

It would be best for all concerned to scap this who thing and everyone either resign or go back to square on and start over, which is just about impossible to do at this point.

My biggest question is:  WHAT HAPPENS IF THE OHIO ETHICS COMMITTEE COMES BACK AND SAYS THAT MR FOX CANNOT BE CHARGED WITH ANYTHING UNETHICAL ON THE GROUNDS PRESENTED BY THIS BOARD? 

donutshopguy

 Sold,

What reputation are you talking about ? The one ,confirmed by his lawyer , as an adulterer? The one lying about the affair? The one where he tried to smear the good name of a school principal to cover his affair?

Maybe if Fred wins the above mentioned principal can sue Fred for the same thing?  What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Oops.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Wired,

There has not been any evidence that proper procedures were not followed.  Sold on Fox shares a lot of "information" but nothing that can be supported by public records or board minutes.  Those of us who live in Huron know who Sold on Fox is and his relationship to Fred Fox.  Tabloid newspapers carry more credibility than he does.

Someday, when the state makes it's ruling, I think you will find that two board members were protecting themselves when they defended Mr. Fox.

 

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TDN and WiredMama-
You know nothing about who I am even though you continually attempt to guess.

And it's funny to hear about my credibility from the stalker of the Buleas. Oh yes WiredMama, first TDN had me pegged as one, or both of the Buleas, (past Huron Board Member and/or her husband). Now TDN is sure that I am Chris Whector, (Realtor, owner of Pied Piper and lifelong friend of Fred Fox).

I am neither of these and does it really matter who I am ? I don't care who anyone else here is ? Yet, continually, TDN ignores that all that I have said has come to be true. Why does calling what's going to happen before it happens bring MY credibility in question ?

Listen TDN: You know NOTHING except what you read. You have done a few Board minutes searches and think you are an expert on something. What has happened here will not be found in board minutes.

I know what I know through listening and history and will continue to support Fred Fox as the excellent superintendent he is no matter what the Huron School Board or the Ohio Ethics Commission decides.

Tsu Dho Nimh

 

 

underthebridge

Perkins residents will remember that now incarcerated and former chief of the Perkins Police Department,Tim cClung also filed a lawsuit against township commissioner Dwelle alleging defamation and libel. 

From a SR article about his sentencing:  

"During a lengthy recess, Carr obtained records from McClung's 2006 harassment lawsuit against Dwelle to see if McClung might have brought the suit to cover his tracks.

 

In the suit, McClung claimed -- among other things -- that Dwelle falsely accused him of stealing inventory from the department.

Dwelle's accusations turned out to be true.

"You knew Mr. Dwelle was on to you?" Carr asked.

"Yes, your honor," McClung said.   

 

 

 

 

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UnderTheBridge-
Are you saying Fred Fox bought a helicopter, too ? lolol

Tsu Dho Nimh

Dudley...I recall hearing Mr. Murray saying that, too.  It sounded like he had already sent the SR the information prior to the meeting.  That was two weeks ago.  Wonder why they haven't run the story? 

Dudley, this is totally authentic!

Tsu Dho Nimh

Dudley...I recall hearing Mr. Murray saying that, too.  It sounded like he had already sent the SR the information prior to the meeting.  That was two weeks ago.  Wonder why they haven't run the story? 

Dudley, this is totally authentic!

Sit n Spin

 Awwww partyboy do I strike a nerve when I speak of the Fremont Administrator that Freddy was "mentoring"? That's the only time you seem to chime up !  Her poor husband must be quite the man, a door mat or both to stay with her.  Poor thing needs to get some morals & re-read her wedding vows :D

As for the uneducated comment, please read your last post again ;) I rest my case !

Retiree

This is a new low for the bottom feeders (attorneys) against a board member that is looking out for the best interest of the Huron taxpayer. They will do and say anything to get a dollar by protecting a thief and a liar. You people in Huron should bring a lawsuit against your past superintendent for the questional activities done in the previous years. This guy is no good and all he is doing is trying to intimidate people. All he wants is free taxpayer money. If this had not been brought to the attention of the board the stealing and corruption within the school system would still be going on. The fleecing by him, his friends and buddies of  taxpayers monies would never have stopped. You should be demanding a full investigation of the tools, bus superitendent, snow removal, windows, bus sold for a dollar, trips out of state,expenses,etc.. This person used his position for criminal activities within the system along with threats and intimidation. With this lawsuit being filed against a board member, people will think twice about running for a school board position for fear of being sued. The only people affected by that will be the children. 

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Retiree-

'You should be demanding a full investigation of the tools, bus superitendent, snow removal, windows, bus sold for a dollar, trips out of state,expenses,etc.. '

At least you have honestly been following this part of this story. How could you miss the part where Tim Sowecke, (acting not as a board member and not with the consent of other board members), illegally delivered an equally illegal document to the Ohio Ethics Commission ?

Even in your obvious disgust, these actions should also disgust you ?

What if it turns out that the only information YOU know about has been altered by the attorney THAT WAS NOT HIRED TO GENERATE A $50,000 report ? What then Retiree ?

PS: We are both in agreement about bottom feeders and them taking advantage of this situation. At my last count there are now 6 lawyers involved and probably soon to increase when Todd Nelson gets sick of hearing his name bantered about.

Gardenman

Everybody is suing everybody in this mess. By gosh one's popularity or importance in Huron will be judged by how many lawsuits they have against them in this fiasco. The legal community has to be rubbing their hands together for their is enough business coming from this to put their kids thru college and possibly their grandkids.

And as it has been said Todd Nelson has deep pockets and he has yet to fire a volley over the bow BUT I bet he does before this is over.

There is going to be more attorneys involved in this than students in law school at Ohio State. A lot of Lexus, Cadillacs, BMW;s etc will be bought by attorneys before this is over. 

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Gardenman-

You certainly said it well. Lawyers rubbing their hands with their mouths watering.

'There is going to be more attorneys involved in this than students in law school at Ohio State.'

Somehow I love and hate that line at the same time. Thanks for the funny analogies that are sad, but true.

Phil Packer

 You said member.

lanman

 1. All involved busy getting their stories straight; 2. lawyers proclaim "FF Day!"; 3. media (SR) fans the flame; 4. school budget takes mighty whallop . . .This is not going to end well for Huron Schools.

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Ianman-
'Lawyers proclaim 'FF Day !'

Hahaha... Now that is some funny stuff !

Justme...

Sold you have said plenty of things that turned out not to be true.  Here's just one:  A while back you said the board's attorneys were sitting with Cap/Ash during executive session because they wanted nothing to do the the three.  Obviously that turned out to be false, considering the 23 item termination letter that followed. Do you honestly think these attorneys (who are being paid for by the insurance company, in case anyone forgot) would move forward if they didn't believe in the validity of the charges?

SilentMajority

Sold On Fox......(and others for that matter)

 

Regardless of who anyone feels is right or wrong....and regardless of who wins (and I use that term very loosely),  when the smoke clears, there needs to be 5 new members on the school board and a new Superintedent.   That is the only way that the Huron school system will be able to move forward.  Individuals on both sides have smeared the other and in some cases have probably taken out innocent people who are trying to do nothing but the right thing.  This is a mess....again regardless of which side is right and the taxpayers are going to lose.  Please don't say that this is the school boards fault or that it is Fox's fault because that really doesn't matter anymore...we're too deep into this mess.

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SilentMajority-

Sadly, I have to agree with what you have posted except in this scenario:

Fred Fox proves that the charges that have been 'publicly' leveled against him are false.

At that point, I believe, (that's I as in I), that the board has to go, but Fred Fox is exonerated.

Any agreement on this point Silent ?

SilentMajority

Sold,

 

I don't thnk it really matters going forward which side is proven right.  There will be too much money spent on attorney fees and there is such a sour taste of the entire situation that leaves me believing that taxpayers will never approve another levy in Huron if any of the parties involved with this are still around.  There will be a time in the future when local community support is going to be needed and the support will be too divided if any of the members are still present.  If Fox is proven right, he will probably get a large settlement, so hopefully he will be able to move on.  If this is the case, how sad for the school board and community.  If the board is proven right, then how sad for Fox and the community. 

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Amen SilentMajority, Amen.

Justme...

I totally disagree Sold.  I think at any time, these attorneys could and would tell them they are wrong, especially since their boss (the insurance company) has to pay for all this if they lose.  As for Ms. Green, I assume you spoke with her and got her side before you spouted off?

google me

 Who cares how the report got there. Bottom line Fox screwed up and is unfit to be the leader of a school system that deserves the highest of quality people to educate and lead our future.

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Google Me-

Fred Fox is unfit to be the leader according to who ?

You ?

Attorney Markling ?

Tim Sowecke ?

You're in great company, Google !

Sit n Spin

Since we are guessing who Sold is....My guess is one of Fred's Sand Bar Lot Lizard's !  Am I right ?  Did I win ?  What do I win if I was right ? Just kidding....I could care less. 

I'm just enjoying sitting back and watching all these people make monkey butt's out of themselves.  It's quite the entertainment watching once successfull people dearly pay for their past transgression's.  Karma is beeeyatch and the beat goes on.... 

partyboy

 Sit and spin~

You are a fool...I can see you have no education.  Just a street words.   Name calling.??? REALLY???.. time to grow up and blog something that it backed with factual information.   

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Sit/Spin-

hahaaha.. Even if you win you don't win.

Karma is a beeeyatch and the beat is still going on..

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Sit/Spin-

Who are 'Fred's Sand Bar Lizard's' ?

worddrow811

Keep up the great commentary, sold. I enjoy your banter and it makes perfect sense, so I'm in your corner.

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