April 23, 2014

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Monteleone fails to make court-ordered payments

ELYRIA — Former Elyria Councilman Joseph Monteleone has failed to pay a fine or make a donation to a domestic violence shelter that a judge had ordered him to make after he was convicted of asking underage girls for sex and fondling them at his pizza parlor.

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Monteleone, 42, said only that he needed an attorney appointed when he appeared before county Common Pleas Judge James Burge on Friday.

Kenneth Lieux, Monteleone’s new court-appointed lawyer, had the hearing delayed until late November so he could gather evidence, but he said that after speaking with Monteleone, his client has been doing the best he could to make payments.

Monteleone told Lieux that he has had to pay for counseling and probation fees that Burge also ordered him to fund when he was sentenced earlier this year.

“He’s made scant (payments), but he has paid,” Lieux said.

Burge had ordered Monteleone to pay either a $9,000 fine or make a $7,500 donation to Genesis House.

Monteleone, a Republican, resigned from his 1st Ward Council seat after he was convicted and has been trying to sell Master Pizza, which is where his underage employees said he made the unwanted advances.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.