Ex-Ohio congressman gets probation for domestic violence.

Columbus — A former Ohio state senator was sentenced Friday to two years on probation and 250 hours of community service for domestic assault.

According to his probation, Republican state Rep. Bob Young cannot drink or access bars or liquor stores.

Young was found guilty of causing physical harm to his wife in a bench trial before Judge Edward O'Farrell last October, but he was acquitted of assault in a later dispute with his brother. Sentencing was Friday in Barberton Municipal Court.

After reportedly punching his wife in the face and throwing her phone in their pool to prevent her from phoning 911, the former Summit County legislator was charged in July 2023 for domestic abuse and assault. Authorities say Young followed her to Young's brother's house and charged him after he refused to let him in, shattering a glass door and injuring both men.

During Young's daylong trial, his wife testified that he hit her in the face so hard she lost hearing in one ear. She stated she hesitated to phone 911 because of her spouse

Young was arrested again in late August for violating a protection order by leaving repeated voicemails for his wife, and again in September for stalking due to planting a GPS tracking device on a relative's car. Charges remain pending.

Despite pressure from Democrats and over 30 Republicans, including GOP House Speaker Jason Stephens and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, Young refused to resign.

Young might keep his seat because his charges are minor. He resigned days after losing his committee chairship.

Watch this space for further developments.