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2/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

CVCA coach fired after arrest in prostitution investigation

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The head coach for Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s (CVCA) girls basketball team was fired Feb. 25 after being arrested in a prostitution investigation by the Willoughby Police Department.

According to the Willoughby Police Department, Ryan Tyna, 42, of Hudson, was among 12 men arrested in a prostitution investigation conducted by the department Feb. 21-22. Besides Tyna, the only other local resident arrested was Bryan Hess, 51, of Cuyahoga Falls.

Willoughby Police said detectives placed an ad on a website frequently used by prostitutes. The ad offered adult services for a special rate of $100 for a half hour. Twelve men responded to the ad and were arrested after they entered a motel room expecting to meet a 20-year-old female, according to Willoughby Police.

Jason Spodnik, CVCA’s vice president, said Tyna, who was in his second year as the girls basketball coach, was relieved of his duties once the allegations were confirmed.

“Much more than just coaching their sports, we have clear standards and expectations of our coaches and their responsibilities as role models,” said Spodnik. “He was not a teacher here or a full-time employee.”

Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools Superintendent Steve Thompson said Tyna is employed as a teacher at Eastlake North High School and has been put on administrative leave by the district pending the conclusion of a formal investigation.

According to Willoughby Police, the men were all charged with soliciting and criminal tools, which are misdemeanors. All posted a $404 bond and have a court date set for March 7 at 7:45 a.m. at the Willoughby Municipal Court.


Taylor announces top insurance fraud, enforcement cases for 2012

COLUMBUS — Lt. Gov. and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the department’s top fraud and enforcement cases for 2012.

The department processed 7,274 allegations of agent misconduct and insurance fraud, initiated 2,310 investigations, identified more than 700 civil and criminal violations of Ohio insurance law, took administrative action against 167 insurance agents and agencies, assessed $134,900 in fines and referred 71 individuals for prosecution.

“The Ohio Department of Insurance is aggressively fighting insurance fraud to protect consumers and our competitive insurance market,” said Taylor.

Local top cases in those efforts included a title agent from Copley. According to Taylor’s office, a joint department and FBI office investigation determined Steven Connolly diverted funds from property transactions to his personal account. The scheme involved four properties in the Akron and Cleveland areas. Connolly diverted more than $1 million for his own personal use while working as a title agent and owner of Trident Title and Secura Title. In addition, he misrepresented his earned income during bankruptcy proceedings.

The department and the FBI worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Connolly pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one count of bankruptcy fraud, according to Taylor’s office. In September 2012, a federal judge assigned to the U.S. District Court of Northern Ohio ordered Connolly to serve five years in federal prison and three years of post-release control and to pay $1 million in restitution, according to Taylor’s office.

Ohioans may call 800-686-1526 to check on an agent’s license. Those who suspect insurance fraud or agent misconduct may call 800-686-1527. For details on fraud, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov.



Kathleen Collins and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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