Police investigate fake email address

A Perkins Township woman alleges someone used her name to contact Sandusky Central Catholic School’s recently ousted band and choir director on his website.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 14, 2014


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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Such good Christians, I'll bet this makes SMCC sooo proud!


Fake e-mails? Your tax dollars at work!


The police report was made because there is a known problem of a very few specific people, several who have been identified in particular causing harm to children, staff, and parents at SMCC/SCCS and outside of the school also with their malicious agenda of harassment, cyberstalking, defamation and slander of children and adults. Thus leading to public humiliation and alienation of the children as the worst of the fall outs of many.

After due consideration, including legal, the police were contacted. These are criminal actions, one which we pay taxes for to protect us.

It is unfortunate the privacy model was abandoned by the SR which cross tagged this as it did, with "out of context" reporting before actually getting the facts. You better read up on the law of reporting on this, there are some issues.

The case is being forwarded to the Erie County Prosecutor's office for review.

Tolerance has reached it's limit in this case.

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Alissa Widman Neese

Northstar, police reports are public documents, and all reporting was taken straight from the police report. The complainant's name was not included, to protect their identity, as we would with any other harassment police report where an individual is not charged with a crime.

If you believe some information included in this police report is inaccurate, you may wish to contact police.