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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Suspended Crain's Publisher John Campanelli Pleads Guilty to Public Indecency Charge

Posted By on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 2:40 PM

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Update: Campanelli pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a fourth-degree public indecency misdemeanor in the case involving the Akron Beacon Journal delivery woman detailed below. (It should be noted that case only surfaced publicly after Campanelli was accused of exposing himself in November to a female employee at the Aurora Inn. That case is still pending and Campanelli said he'd continue cooperating with police in Aurora and Hudson, according to

Anyway, Stow muni court Judge Kim Hoover will decide on probation and fines and possible jail time (the max penalty is 30 days in jail and a $250 fine).


Hoover ordered a full background check that he said could take between five and seven weeks. Campanelli will be sentenced after the investigation is complete. Campanelli apologized after the hearing.

"I'm sorry to the woman that I frightened," Campanelli said. "I am mortified by my behavior and take complete responsibility for my actions."


He also apologized to his family members, friends and colleagues. He called the support from his family "incredible."

"I let them down and I know how they feel," he said. "My goal is to somehow turn this into a positive and to become a better person, somebody worthy of their support."


(Original story 12/14/2015) Crain's Cleveland Business
publisher John Campanelli, who was placed on administrative leave last week when a public indecency citation came to light, is charged for an additional incident of public indecency. This one occurred outside Campanelli's Hudson home on Nov. 7, nine days before the incident reported last week. The latest news comes via which details the bizarre explanation for the encounter between Campanelli and an Akron Beacon Journal delivery woman:

John A. Campanelli, 46, exposed his genitals to a woman delivering the Akron Beacon Journal to his home on Glen Echo Drive about 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 7, according to a police report.

Campanelli met the woman at the end of his driveway to receive the newspaper as he had done many times before, the report says. This time, Campanelli greeted her with his genitals exposed through his plaid, flannel pajamas, the report says.


Campanelli told investigators that he usually urinates in his backyard when he checks on his chickens in the morning and that he may have forgotten to put his genitals back into his pajamas before meeting the deliverywoman, according to the report.

She declined to press charges because she didn't know if it was an accident. Campanelli asked police if he could simply apologize to her.

A police report says that On Nov. 16, Campanelli exposed his genitals "at least" three times to a 23-year-old female employee of the Aurora Inn. Campanelli has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is scheduled in court for a pre-trial hearing on January 5. 

Campanelli, in an apology posted on social media after news of the previous incident was reported, said he was mortified by his actions, but took full responsibility for them. He attributed them to a childhood trauma or traumas that he'd been keeping secret for 30 years. 

He told a reporter from the Portage County Record-Courier that his issues as a boy "manifested themselves in this kind of way." 

Campanelli, 46, has been publisher of Crain's since 2013. Before that, he worked at the Plain Dealer as a reporter and editor for many years .

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