Standoff Update: Local school board president in court, Bittel to send in resignation from school board

Standoff Update: Local school board president in court, Bittel to send in resignation from school board

SAGAMORE HILLS, OH (WOIO) - The school board president at the center of a standoff in Sagamore Hills last week faced a judge Monday.

Nordonia Hills School Board president Steven Bittel pled not guilty to a long list of charges in Stow Municipal Court including serious felonies that carry mandatory prison time if convicted.

He appeared by video arraignment from jail where he has been since his hospitalization after his arrest Friday.

The judge set bond at $750,000.

It was a tense situation on Friday at his Sagamore Hills home.

Monday's charges say he threatened several officers telling them 'I am going to shoot you, or blow your head off', all while holding a loaded .45 caliber revolver which he had already discharged.

The threat resulted in three aggravated assault charges.

Police say they went to the board president's house after spotting kiddie porn on his computer. It was tracked by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

It identified his IP address, which brought police to his home.

At some point during their questioning he snapped. The charge carries mandatory prison time with conviction.

Other charges include inducing panic and one for firing his weapon out a bathroom window.

The Nordonia Hills City School District held a special meeting tonight to discuss their next move. In that meeting, Bittel's attorney informed them to expect Bittel's resignation within the week.

In a statement to the media, Superintendent Joe Clark said:

"On Friday, September 5, the Nordonia Hills City School District was notified that board member Steve Bittel was involved in a standoff with local police. Mr. Bittel is in custody and subject to the criminal justice system.

Mr. Bittel has been a member of our board for the past three years. We have been in contact with Mr. Bittel's attorney who has informed us we can expect his resignation from the board this week. After we receive his resignation, the board will begin the process of appointing his replacement under Ohio law.

We are very sorry to hear of this situation. We thank the officers involved and the community for it's support."

No word yet on who will replace Bittel.

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