Former Ashtabula Area City School IT coordinator charged with three crimes | Local News

JEFFERSON — An Ashtabula County grand jury has indicted the Buckeye Local Schools Technology Coordinator with three crimes allegedly committed while he served in the same position at Ashtabula City Schools.

John Henry Radwancky, 52, of Ashtabula, is charged with extortion, a third degree felony; unauthorized use of a computer, cable or telecommunications, a fourth-degree felony and attempted grand larceny, a fifth-degree felony, according to the indictment filed April 7 in court common pleas.

Radwancky could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Buckeye Superintendent Patrick Colucci said the district only recently became aware of the charges against Radwancky.

“We have extremely limited information at this time, but it is our understanding that the matter does not involve Buckeye Schools,” he said. “Mr. Radwancky has been placed on administrative leave to allow the district time to obtain additional information about the case.

Radwancky came to Buckeye from city schools in the Ashtabula area in August 2020 and was given additional duties in operations in August. 2021.

Ashtabula City Schools Superintendent Mark Potts said he could not comment on the indictment at this time as it was an ongoing investigation.

According to the indictment, the alleged crimes took place from October 6, 2019 to or around May 7, 2020, while Radwancky was employed as a network administrator at AACS.

According to the first charge, Radwancky tried to obtain something, in particular money, by threats (extortion).

Count two of the counts, Radwancky hacked into AACS computers for the purpose of conceiving or executing a scheme to defraud or obtain property or money by false pretences (unauthorized use of a computer ).

Count three charges Radwancky deliberately deprived AACS of goods or services (attempted grand theft), according to the indictment.

On Wednesday, the Court of Common Pleas had not set a date for his arraignment.