- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - A former northern Ohio lawmaker who was convicted of theft and consequently removed from office immediately says he’s disappointed in the verdict and will consider his legal options.

Republican Steve Kraus of Sandusky was accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home while doing work as an auctioneer. He was convicted Monday on a theft charge but acquitted on a breaking and entering charge. A burglary count was dismissed earlier.

His attorney told reporters the case isn’t over, but he didn’t provide details or confirm whether an appeal is planned.

Kraus has maintained his innocence. His attorney has said Kraus took items from a Port Clinton home to inventory them for auction at a real estate agent’s request.

Kraus’ sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21.


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