By Associated Press - Thursday, April 23, 2015

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A former school board president in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for having child pornography and obstructing official business.

Officials say 53-year-old Steven Bittel had pleaded guilty last month to 19 charges including pandering obscenity involving a minor, and illegal use of a minor in nudity. The former president of the Nordonia Hills school board was sentenced Wednesday.

Prosecutors in Summit County said Bittel’s computer IP address was involved in a peer-to-peer file-sharing network involving child pornography. He was arrested in September after a five-hour standoff with police at his Sagamore Hills home during which he threatened officers with a gun.

He resigned as school board president shortly after his arrest.

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