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

underthebridge

I wonder if Sowecke went to the BOE with his concerns and Asher and Caproni said that they didn't want to take it to the OEC without more info which is how the Markling law firm got involved. 

Tsu Dho Nimh

Under the Bridge...I do believe that Sowecke, Green, and Slocum tried to get the board to investigate the concerns of the "whistle blowers".  Based on the voting record of the other two members and the two motions made by Mr. Caporini since June to reinstate Fox and clear him of wrong doing, there is no doubt in my mind that Sowecke had no support from them.  Kudo's to him for having the courage to pursue this.

UgtaBkdnMe

@Sold

I know you don't want to believe it but I am not one of the people you mentioned nor am I associated with any of those people. At least when you call me Monkey Testis, I can say monkeys have testis.  That is more than someone who is led blindly.

underthebridge

My gut instinct says that when this is over,  the alleged affair will be the least of the ethics violations that these people have to deal with.   Why?  

People behave crazy about sex.   People behave desperately about money.   

Perkins2060

You take Gunner and we'll take Fox.

UgtaBkdnMe

@Sold
You complain about folks trying to guess who you are but as soon as I join the conversation, you are quick to start implying who I might be. (I am neither of these and does it really matter who I am ? I don't care who anyone else here is ? Remembering posting this, Sold?) That sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. You point out that I am Green, Sowecke, or a coach. You also criticize my ability to write a complete sentence and suggest that I didn’t attend Huron schools. Really? All of the folks you mentioned are graduates from Huron. Show me where I don’t write complete sentences. Here are some examples of incomplete and poorly written sentences:

Lawyers rubbing their hands with their mouths watering. (sentence fragment)

Even in your obvious disgust, these actions should also disgust you ? (not a question, this is a statement)

A reasonable person is sure to understand this ? (again, not a question)

Or in business with one of them where my comments would hurt you financially ? (fragment)

Apparently not Huron ? (fragment and also not a question)

Sold, I’m sure we did not attend school together as I did attend Huron. Did you read the article last week about how high school graduates are not able to write? I’m just glad Amherst has improved its writing expectations of today’s youth.

Here is some advice to you:

If something is spelled wrong above, get over it ,and actually absorb the content. (no comma needed after it)

Today’s lesson in humility has been brought to you by the letters M and T!

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Hahaa... Ugt2BkddnMe... or whatever:
That was the best post by you ever !
I really enjoyed reading your well thought out and researched commentary.

I do not pretend to spell, puncuate or even complete a sentence. Many people who have no real arguement with what I say on here stoop to attacking what I write in these ways.

Thank you again for only attacking the way I write instead of what I say.

Fred Fox will be back at work and there will be a recall of school board members.

Bet on it and get used to it.

Tsu Dho Nimh

Sold...go back and look at what you said to kdnme. You attacked him for not being able to write. You sound foolish.

Retiree

While waiting to be seated at a Huron restraunt I pick up the local news paper and started reading it. To my surprise there was a letter to the editor from the past city manager supporting the past,now defunk, school superintedent. I was shocked to read that he gave Fox all the credit for bringing the system from the brink of bankruptcy. You taxpayers in Huron did not get any credit at all. This is a typicial "pat on the back" by the white collar prima donna's that could not run a one car funeral. This ex city manager gives readings at the Catholic church in Huron. I wonder if he is aware of the Ten Commandments that say "thou shall not committ adultery" and "thou shall not steal". I guess those two "white collar" people in Huron live by different morals.

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Retiree-
Do you know either of these people you are criticizing ?

As with Fred Fox and the school, the city under Mike Tann's leadership flourished.

What is there to criticize ?

CAST THE FIRST STONE

thats like a robber breaking into your house and slipping and sueing the homeowner. Go away Freddy

Huron_1969

and the robbers accomplice would sue the neighbor for calling 911, with Sold and Wiredmama in a tizzy because the robber should not have been exposed

Great analogy!

crazyl13985

I couldn't help but smile while reading the exchanges between Sold and Tmm. Sold tells Tmm that he/she notices proper spelling and punctuation but does not use it. Sold, are YOU aware that attornies (your spelling, not mine) is actually spelled ATTORNEYS(plural?) Honest it is. Look it up. The web is at your fingertips. :)

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Well crazy..
You have hit me where it hurts.. I spelled attorneys wrong ?

Thanks for your input on this serious blog where a man's reputation and career are being ruined by a slanted report by an attorney who was not hired legally and by a board member who illegally delivered the illegal report to the public just to smear him.

So.. I spelled attorneys wrong ?

Tsu Dho Nimh

If you do not want people addressing your writing errors, stop critizing others and how they write. Just sayin'!

Huron_1969

no no no.... don't get Sold fired up. It's been nice without the mindless ranting LOL

Tsu Dho Nimh

LOL...Got to admit his rants are entertaining. Just when I think I have heard the ultimate in stupid excuses, he proves me wrong.

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TDN-
It is funny as I have proved you wrong every step along this journey and not once have you, with all of your board minute research, been able to find something I have said not to be true.

So.. stoop to the tactic of laughing what I have said off.

Fred Fox will be back at work and there will be a recall of at least one board member.. (Prove that wrong and laugh. It's sad).

Tsu Dho Nimh

You are not your jovial self. Did someone pee in your Wheaties or are you nervous what ODE will decide regarding your boy Fox? The first public hearing is less than 2 weeks away. ODE is pretty strict regarding actions not becoming to the teaching profession :(

There you go again

Ακόμη Sold σχετικά fox, Man, I think you might have a case of diarrhea of the mouth (or keyboard). Do you ever stop blogging the same opinions over and over and over again?

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There You Go Again-
Glad you have so much to add to this post. I see you are up to speed as to what we are talking about.

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Again... What a mess the webmaster has made of these posts.
Great job 'improving' SR !

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