Saturday, September 16, 2000

Career center ex-employee guilty of 'revolving door' work

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A former trainer at the Warren County Career Center was fined $500 and placed on a year of probation Friday after he admitted contracting for work with a central Ohio school district immediately after he left the career center.

        Larry Davidson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the state “revolving door” law.

        Judge P. Daniel Fedders of Warren County Common Pleas Court, suspended a six-month jail sentence but ordered Mr. Davidson, 44, to pay $2,138 in restitution.

        Prosecutors alleged Mr. Davidson used his position at the career center in securing a contract to devise a safety plan for Maysville Local Schools shortly after he quit the career center last fall.

        Mr. Davidson told the Enquirer in March that he created several safety plans for school districts as a career center employee and won the Maysville job only after the center had canceled its contract with that district.

        Under state law, Mr. Davidson was required to wait at least a year before contracting for similar work. Mr. Davidson said he was unaware of the law.

        Mr. Davidson was charged with a misdemeanor in April, but prosecutors sought increased charges against him after the plea fell through.

        In June, Mr. Davidson was indicted on felony and misdemeanor charges of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, as well as a violation of the revolving door law. He faced 18 months in prison on those charges.


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