(5-30-20) Mercer County Prosecutor Matt Fox has filed three documents and an argument with the Ohio Supreme Court as to why he feels documents should not be released to the Christopher Summers family, a former Fort Recovery teacher, convicted of sexual battery in 2013, who is serving over 20 years in prison, .
- 05/28/2020 – Identification of documents requested by relator Respondents
- 05/28/2020 – Privilege assertion in response to documents requested by relator
- 05/28/2020 – Notice of filing documents for in camera inspection pursuant to April 13, 2020 order (Pursuant to Sup.R. 45(C)(2), this document or portions of this document are not available through remote access. )
The Summers family has requested documents related to the case. In April, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered prosecutors to turn over those documents.
- Background Mercer County Outlook stories on this appeal
In his filing, Fox cited federal law granting a rape victim a fundamental right to privacy.
, Respondents are contemporaneously filing a list that “include[s] a detailed explanation of the reason(s) that each document is subject to a privilege or a statutory exception.”
“a rape victim has a fundamental right of privacy in preventing government officials from gratuitously and unnecessarily releasing the intimate details of the rape where no penological purpose is being served.”