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Published: Wednesday, 2/17/2010

Judge to mull request to expunge 1999 record

A Lucas County common pleas judge said Tuesday he will take under advisement the request by a former Sylvania High School student to have his criminal record expunged.

Nicholas Arvanitis, 28, filed a motion for expungement in December. If granted, the request would mean his 1999 convictions for inducing panic and possessing criminal tools would be sealed.

Arvanitis pleaded guilty to the charges after he was arrested for posting threatening messages on a Web site against the Sylvania Schools high schools. The messages were posted a week after the deadly rampage by two students at Colorado's Columbine High School and led to the shutdown of both Sylvania high schools for a day.

Gov. Ted Strickland granted a pardon in December. Arvanitis then sought to have his record sealed.

Yesterday, Judge Frederick McDonald said he wanted to review case law provided to him by the prosecutor's office prior to making his decision. Although convictions of violence are normally not eligible for expungement, because of the governor's pardon the decision is up to the judge.

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