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

holycow

I can not wait until the board has to run again.  This whole process has been a disappointment and embarassment to the people of Huron. I personally will vote against all five just because of the black eye they put on all of us.  For me, it does not matter if you agree with either side.  We need a fresh five.

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HolyCow-

Amen

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Reading Signs-

TY.. I think I'm going to put it all together into a book. lol

It's you and me with our backs against the wall.

(Remember the end of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' ?)

Justme...

Google, its called "Distract and intimidate". 

Huron_1969
Sold, you missed your true calling, you would have made a great publicist for Bill Clinton   I can see the mantra now "I did not have sexual relations with that women. I was mentoring her"
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Huron_1969-

You know.. I am laughing about your post because it is truly funny.

Although President Clinton clearly did have 'oral sex' with that woman, Americans seemed to be able to look past that because things were basically good in their lives while he was in office.

What seems to be the problem with the Huron City Schools now ?

Still laughing..

UgtaBkdnMe

I've never blogged on one of these articles but felt the need to make a statement to this Sold on Fox person.  You are waaaaaaaayyyyy out there.  You don't pay attention to what anyone says but shoot back at people.  Trackme calls you Wechter but you lash out at Tsu Dho Nimh for calling you Wechter.  You mispell names all the time.  Are you trying to prove you don't know these people?  You report what you've been told?  Who is your inside contact?  Why are you informed on decisions and discussions that go on behind close doors?  You're just a big nobody who wants to hang with the "big dogs". No one is stalking the board members but your precious superintendent sure did use intimidation to keep employees in check. No one cares about the Buleas.  You're the only blogger bringing up their names.  You make a complete $$$ out of yourself everytime you blog. 

Gardenman

Saddest part in all this is the money being spent by this Board of Education for their removal of Fred Fox is not helping any of the children in Huron City Schools. We as tax payers did not pay our taxes for them to be used in this manner.

I see kids walking home every afternoon from school. I ask the question of the five school board members.........tell me how this expenditure of money is helping any one of those kids I see?  Is this helping them understand math or science or able to write better or read with more comprehension? 

I think every parent with a child in Huron City Schools should be looking at what there child needs to learn at a higher level and then make that request to the Board of Education. If you are turned down then you ask all 5 of them............you have money to waste on attorneys BUT you don't have money to education my child.....is that what you are saying?

 

 

 

 

Informed

I also did not pay taxes for Fox to be conducting an affair on work time, or for th email system he used to do so.  That is abuse of taxpayer money and is the equivalent of stealing.

Maybe the board should turn around and sue Fox for stealing. 

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Informed-

'Maybe the board should turn around and sue Fox for stealing.'

Maybe they should ? Write to your 'elected officials' and suggest it ?

UgtaBkdnMe

@Sold

Monkey testis? Really?  And you wonder why most people attack your opinions?  You spew a lot of nonsense and keep repeating it over and over and over again.  Are you the omnipotent keeper of the truth?You don't cite any valid sources for your so called facts.  At least those who attack you can support their point of view with the emails on the SR and website links.  What do you have?  Nothing!  

I am assuming that you were directing your statement  to me of not wanting to hurt me personally or financially. You think I should be on trial instead of Fred Fox? For what?  You are one whacked out dude! You said if you had half a brain you would stop.  If you HAD half a brain you would make more sense.

Retiree

City girls just seem to find out early  how to open doors with just a smile  a rich ole man she won't have to worry  he'll dress her upon in lace and go in style  late at night a big old house gets lonely  I guess every port of refuge has it's price  and it breaks her heart  to think her love is only   given to a man with hands as cold as ice  so she tells him she must go out for the evening  to comfort an old friend who is feeling down but he knows where she going and she's leaving  she's heading for the cheating side of town

On the other side of town a boy is waiting  with stary eyes and dreams no one can steal  she drives through the night anticipating   cause he makes her feel the way she use to feel  she rushes to his arms they fall together   she whispers and it's only for a while  she swears soon she'll be coming back forever   she pulls away and leaves him with a smile  

She gets up and pours herself a strong one and stares out at the stars up in the sky   another night it's going to be a long one   she draws the shade and hangs her head to cry   she wonders how it ever got this crazy   she thinks about a boy she knew in school  did she get tired or did she just get lazy  she so far gone she feels just like a fool    my oh my you sure knew how to arrange things   you said it so well so carefully  ain't it funny how you knew I didn't change things   your still the same ole girl you use to be

wiredmama222

Ah, a song.....what it has to do with any of this, I have no idea, but its a good song. 

I did like you post about steal, and the like. If this man did this, then he should be removed. And so should any board member who did the same.  If the allegations against any board member who did anything illegal or not above board be true, they too, should step down immediately.

Such as misdirecting funds, allocating funds that did not get spent the right way, causing or ording reviews that were not fully completed to be used for research.  Overspending funds for "researching' against board members when funds could be used for school betterment and students.

These things are ALL forms of misconduct by ANY school board as far as I am concerned and any school board that does it should have its members removed. 

Not just those in Huron, but any school board that puts its personal decisions and petty problems in front of those of the children's needs should not be working on a school board. 

They have shown they do not really care about the children's needs but only their own pettiness and apathy toward education.  Those people need to step down for the benefit of the education of that areas school and let someone who does care take over. 

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WiredMama222-

You said it.. All forms of misconduct.

This whole mess brings to light all kinds of misconduct. And petty needs.

These are people. Somehow, when we elect them, or hire them to a really public office we expect them not to be people. But.. They are.

Next year at this time I hope none of us are thinking about this. 

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Retiree-

Could you just do some Joe Walsh, too ?

Thanks for lightening the mood !

Tsu Dho Nimh

The OEC has procedures to begin an investigation for an allegation.  First, Mr. Sowecke would have spoken with an investigator on the phone.  He or she would have led a conversation of what is the allegation and what type of evidence he had to support it.  This would have included his relationship to the situation and how the evidence was obtained. Based on the conversation, the OEC would decide if they would open a file and provide Mr. Sowecke with the proper paper work.  They would not have accepted the Markling Report if Mr. Sowecke was handing it over illegally.

The OEC has a screening process and few of the complaints are without merit.  It would be nice if the courts had a screening process for filing lawsuits.  I doubt Mr. Asher's lawsuit would have made the cut.

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TDN-

With all of your research it finally paid off !!!

'The OEC has procedures to begin an investigation for an allegation. First, Mr. Sowecke would have spoken with an investigator on the phone. He or she would have led a conversation of what is the allegation and what type of evidence he had to support it. This would have included his relationship to the situation and how the evidence was obtained. Based on the conversation, the OEC would decide if they would open a file and provide Mr. Sowecke with the proper paper work. They would not have accepted the Markling Report if Mr. Sowecke was handing it over illegally.'

TDN.. Finally ! You did it !

The Commission would not accept the report, but it was also given to the SR. Upon attempting to give the Markling Report to the OEC it made the report a 'PUBLIC DOCUMENT' and the Repeater.. I mean Register, published it thus guarenteeing Fred Fox not having a fair 'public' trial because of the slanted report. If Sowecke had not attempted to give the OEC the Markling report the only thing we/most would all know is that the Huron Board of Education had put Fred Fox on Disciplinary Leave and an investigation was happening and I, for one, would have been happy with that result.

See TDN.. You are exactly right, but it played out differently than you thought.

I have never lied to you, TDN.

I'm telling you the truth now.

There you go again

Fred, admit your guilt and move on.  After all, the Open Records proves your guilt.  Enough of the smoke and mirrors (thanks to Mr. Murray).  Saddness goes out to the families of the Fremont principal and Fred (maybe the affair was in retaliation for a previous indiscretion by a spouse ?).

Justme...

One thing is for sure, Fox and freinds are succeeding in creating chaos with lawsuits and accusations and getting everyone in an uproar - making it seem like a runaway train.  Luckily the cost is covered, and the schools are moving forward with different leadership.

Silvia

 Come in people wake up ! Let the board members finally do their job !! Wait until the report comes back them make ur comments ! This new board has done more already compared to the previous board ! It's time to stand up for our schools and the kids ! And back the people on the board that are finally trying to make things right ! It's about the kids !!! 

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Silvia-
Saying this board is doing it's job is like saying the Titanic couldn't sink.
You must be related to them ?

What part of this mess is about the kids ?

Ask Tim Sowecke some educational questions.
If he was educated he would have never taken it upon himself to deliver the Markling report to the Ohio Ethics Commission without even the consent of the other 2 Stooges.

Some here want to make him seem like some kind of hero ?

Clearly heroes do not go out of their way to circumvent the system or their lawyer's advice ? Or, maybe they do and I'm wrong. I just don't see any heroes here. All I see is losers. All of us.

Justme...

Sold are you saying the ethics commission does not have the report because they refused to accecpt it from Sowecki???????

Justme...

Hahahahahahahaha    aaaaaaahhhhhh hahahahahahah oh, lol, that's a good one.  You are being played.  My sides hurt.

Julie R.

Wiredmama is right --- this is nothing more than pettiness. My opinion it's more like a 'Hatfield & McCoy' feud amongst the Huronites. That's not to say that I don't believe there are some ethics violations involved but unlike other morons I know from Huron, I don't think Fox's alleged lack of ethics was of a criminal nature and done with the malicious intent of injuring others. In other words, it's not like a lack of ethics and morals is anything new in little Huron, Ohio. Add on the fact that a total lack of ethics and morals ~ not to mention a total lack of respect for the LAW itself ~ is alive and kicking at your corrupt Erie County courthouse, I would have to say this whole petty expensive fiasco that the joke Erie County courts are allowing should go under the heading of class-A hypocrites and/or the pot calling the kettle black. 

Sit n Spin

 Yawn.....I can't wait for the moment when the taxpaying public has the opportunity to address the BOE, that will be epic ! It's too bad Freddy doesn't have the monkey testis to do so & had to lawyer up !

Julie R.why is it every time you comment it ends with the corrupt Erie county courthouse. Sweet baby Jesus go seek help & get over it ! NOBODY cares but you !

Julie R.

@ Sit n Spin: Isn't this now in the hands of the Eeerie County courthouse? I can't WAIT to see if they even address it --- but then we all know they will. After all, it's one of the MURRAYS that filed it. And why I should I seek help? I'm not a moron that goes around criminally defrauding the elderly and neither do I think crimes against the elderly are hilarious like the clowns at your Erie County courthouse do.  

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...you state that the OEC refused to accept the Markling report and then it was resubmitted in a legal manner later.  Would you please tell me where that is documented?  I'm not being facetious, I really would like to know where you got that information.  I do not recall reading that in anything published or released.

UgtaBkdnMe

I wouldn't hold your breath Tsu.  Sold doesn't have any proof of anything he says. He never does.  He'll just spout off as always that he knows and you're too stupid to understand.  He's clearly one of Fox's flunkies and if you put together every thing they know combined they still wouldn't have the sense that God gave a billy goat.

Retiree

The song has to do with cheating on your spouse and getting bored with your present situation your in. That is part of why these two were terminated.. The song tells pretty much what happened

Retiree

I want to print one thing and hope you read it. I do not trust anything that has to do with Erie County Courts. These are the same judges that recomended Baumgardner and O'Toole to represent Erie MetroParks in the Greenway stealing of land. It is interesting how they sided with MetroParks. I look for them to side with their friend and fellow bottomfeeder, Murray  

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