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Community shocked after school board president investigated for child porn

Steve Bittel, president of the Nordonia Hills School Board. (Source: Nordonia Hills Schools) Steve Bittel, president of the Nordonia Hills School Board. (Source: Nordonia Hills Schools)
Board members will meet to discuss the president's future with the school district. (Source: WOIO) Board members will meet to discuss the president's future with the school district. (Source: WOIO)
SAGAMORE HILLS, OH (WOIO) -

One day after School Board President Steven Bittel was arrested in connection with a child pornography investigation, people in the quaint community of Nordonia Hills remain in shock.

Across the street from where board members meet is Dimitri's Barber Shop. Shop owner, Dimitri Sumbry, says locals are taken back by Friday's arrest.

"People are in shock and not saying anything, just waiting to see what happens," said Sumbry.

Police arrived at Bittel's home on Friday morning, after somebody inside the house was viewing child pornography on the Internet. When Bittel was confronted by authorities, he produced a gun, fired a shot, and locked himself in a bathroom for several hours.

He was later persuaded to surrender and was then arrested and taken to a local hospital.  After some time he was transported to a jail cell, where he remains on suicide watch.

Bittel, 53, was elected school board president this year after having served on the board since 2011. He is also an active member of his church and is a volunteer teacher at the church's school, where he had access to children.

He has not yet been charged.

On Monday, the board is expected to meet to discuss the impact the investigation has had and decide Bittel's future with the school district.

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