Ex-Superintendent Charged With Offering Cocaine To Student

WARREN, Ohio (AP) - A former northeast Ohio school superintendent has been charged with offering cocaine to a student in his office.

Joseph M. Shoaf, 36, of nearby Cortland, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of corrupting another with drugs, attempting to corrupt another with drugs and intimidating a victim.

He appeared in orange jail coveralls before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan and was released Tuesday night from the county jail after posting a $100,000 bond.

Authorities arrested Shoaf after a 17-year-old gave them a tape of a conversation in which Shoaf allegedly could be heard offering her cocaine and making sexual advances.

Shoaf abruptly resigned as Girard school superintendent on May 10.

An affidavit prepared by prosecutors and Girard police Capt. Frank Bigowsky and submitted in court said Shoaf offered the girl a drink, suggested they share a vial of cocaine and graphically discussed sex.

Bigowsky said in the affidavit that he has interviewed three other female students who had similar encounters with Shoaf.

Shoaf, who was represented in court by attorney Niki Schwartz of Cleveland, said nothing in court. Shoaf has an unlisted phone and could not be reached for comment early Wednesday.

Prosecutor Dennis Watkins said the corrupting charge carries a sentence of three to 10 years, the attempting to corrupt charge carries up to eight years and the intimidating charge carries up to five years.

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