Patton denied the allegation when he spoke to the newspaper.
"I flatly deny it," the Strongsville Republican told the Plain Dealer. "I don't have $10,000 to give anybody. It just didn't happen."
The allegation came from J. Kevin Kelley, a former school board member in Parma. Kelley testified that the bribe was intended to help a company Patton consults for win a paper copier contract.