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Ohio Superintendent Heffner faces no criminal chrages
No criminal charges for testifying on a bill that will benefit a company he plans to soon work for.
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The disgraced former superintendent of Ohio schools will not face criminal charges in the scandal that pushed him out of office. For Ohio Public Radio Station WOSU, Steve Brown reports.

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Stan Heffner resigned last month after the State Inspector General said he inappropriately testified before a state Senate committee on behalf of a bill that could directly benefit a company that Heffner had already agreed to work for.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says Heffner acted inappropriately, but not criminally. O’Brien says Heffner didn’t disclose the apparent conflict to legislators, but it wasn’t exactly a secret.

“It was known to multiple people that he’d had the discussions with the potential employer,” Heffner. In fact I think he’d given notice to the fact.”

Heffner also caught criticism for allegedly having state employees conduct his personal business. O’Brien says there wasn’t enough evidence to merit those charges.

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