After surrendering law license pending discipline, Kasich appointed Spencer to ODOT’s Chief Legal Counsel’s Office
COLUMBUS –On Friday, Scott Spencer was arrested and charged with two felony counts of sexual battery after a Highbanks Metro Park ranger caught him with a bound-and gagged 14-year old girl at a park shelter. Described by the Columbus Dispatch as appearing to have a bright future in the Ohio Republican Party in the 1980s and 1990s, Spencer served as a press liaison for the Ohio House Republican Caucus and an aide to former Republican State Senator Donald “Buz” Lukens in the 1980s. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/19/2014), “Man accused of sex with teen at park lost ODOT job over porn websites.”]
In 2003, Spencer surrendered his law license while facing disciplinary actions from the Ohio Supreme Court after he was alleged to have falsified documents for a client in a lawsuit after already having his license suspended for fabricating documents in another suits. Despite this history, the Kasich Administration hired Spencer in 2012 to work in ODOT’s chief legal counsel’s office as a program administrator charged with ensuring the agency complied with public record and equal opportunity rules. [Source: Columbus Dispatch (8/19/2014), “Man accused of sex with teen at park lost ODOT job over porn websites.”]
By November 2012, the same year he was hired, Spencer received a written reprimand for leaving “unwelcomed” messages on a female co-worker’s voicemail after he had been “previously counseled regarding unwelcome actions in relation to other female employees.” However, Spencer was only fired when a search of his work computer revealed he was visiting bondage fetish websites.
In response to Mr. Spencer’s arrest and history with ODOT, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement:
“Despite Spencer’s history of forging and falsifying documents, John Kasich gave this sexual predator a job in ODOT’s legal counsel’s office, put him in charge of public records and of all things, equal opportunity standards. Almost immediately, Spencer began sexually harassing women in the office. This guy was a sexual predator and it is simply terrifying that he worked in a chief legal office for the Kasich administration.”