JEFFERSON — More than a month after Charlie Frye's trial, visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove issued a written verdict finding the director of the Ashtabula County Board of Elections not guilty of theft.
In March 2020, Frye — also the chairman of the Ashtabula County Republican Party — was charged with eight counts of theft, first-degree misdemeanors. He was accused of stealing political signs belonging to Malcolm Stewart Douglas, a former candidate for county Prosecutor.
Cosgrove, who issued a written verdict on Jan. 26, said the prosecution failed to prove that Frye intended to permanently deprive Douglas of the political signs, one of the required elements of the statute.
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