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Jan 23, 2013 4:38 PM by Matt Stafford

Ohio taxpayer challenges sending fine to Newtown

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A taxpayer has challenged an Ohio judge's decision that a $5,000 fine paid by a former high school basketball coach who videotaped boys in a locker room shower should go to the Connecticut community where a gunman killed 26 people.

The challenge was sent Wednesday to the Stark County prosecutor by Craig Conley, an attorney representing Thomas Marcelli on behalf of county taxpayers. Conley says fines should go to the county under Ohio law.

Judge Frank Forchione had sentenced coach Scott Studer to 15 years in prison and sent his fine to the Newtown school support fund.

The judge says he will review the challenge.

Conley asked John Ferrero, who led the coach's prosecution, to seek an out-of-county prosecutor to handle the fine issue. A message was left for Ferrero.

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