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Ney Tells Students A Cautionary Tale

Former lawmaker visits with St. John Central pupils

October 24, 2013
By FRED CONNORS - Senior Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Bob Ney visited his alma mater, St. John Central High School in Bellaire, Wednesday to tell students about the days he walked the halls of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

History teacher Michael Loccisano invited Ney - a 1972 St. John graduate who served as a Republican member of Congress from 1995-2006 before resigning amid a federal probe - as part of the school's Eagle Legacy Lecture Series. Ney spent a year in federal prison after pleading guilty to two corruption charges.

In his first Belmont County public appearance since the end of his prison term, Ney said he wanted to tell the students how government works and how it impacts their lives. Ney's last post in the House was as chairman of the House Administration Committee.

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Speaking to senior government students Wednesday at St. John Central High School in Bellaire, former Rep. Bob Ney, left, tells the students about his rise and fall from public service.

In an interview prior to speaking to the students, Ney said he would tell them about his time in prison, as well as his struggle with alcoholism.

"I want them to know about their government and, also, about how personal decisions directed my rise to power and fall from grace," he said. "I will give lessons learned and tell them what to look out for to avoid poor behavior."

Ney currently lives in Newark, Ohio, and works as a news analyst on several talk radio stations.

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