Judge Lets Ex-Ohio St., NFL QB Art Schlichter Attend Counseling

Art Schlichter
Art Schlichter

A federal judge is allowing former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter to attend weekly counseling while on house arrest awaiting sentencing for fraud.

The order issued Thursday in Columbus says the 51-year-old Schlichter must go directly to and from the Tuesday evening sessions and may not run errands or make other side trips.

Authorities say the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback defrauded more than 50 people in a million-dollar sports ticket scheme. Schlichter, whose NFL career was derailed by a gambling addiction, has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Plea agreements that call for him to serve about 10 years behind bars still need the judge’s approval.

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