PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio lawmaker accused of stealing antiques and other items from a home while doing work as an auctioneer has been convicted on a felony theft charge and immediately removed from office under state law.
An Ottawa County jury on Monday convicted Rep. Steve Kraus of theft but acquitted him on a breaking and entering charge. A burglary charge was dismissed previously.
The Republican from Sandusky has maintained his innocence. His attorney has said he took items from a Port Clinton home to inventory them for auction at the request of a real estate agent.
House Republican spokeswoman Brittany Warner says Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is reviewing the verdict and working to establish a timeline for the GOP caucus to select Kraus' replacement.
Kraus' sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21.