July 23, 2016

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Medina man indicted on sex charges

MEDINA — A county grand jury indicted a city resident this week on several sex-related charges, including two counts of rape.

James McDonald, 48, of 880 Deepwood Drive, faces a count of rape of a child younger than age 13, a first-degree felony; another rape count, also a first-degree felony; one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony; and one count of importuning, a fifth-degree felony.

McDonald allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a 10-year-old girl in May 2005. The girl reportedly knew McDonald and was one of his daughter’s friends, according to police.

The sexual imposition and importuning counts stem from alleged incidents in April of this year, according to the indictment.

“The victim’s parents brought her forward and made us aware of the allegations,” Police Chief Pat Berarducci has said. “We began to investigate it right around the 1st of May.”

McDonald was being held Friday in the Medina County Jail on $150,000 bond, a jail spokesman said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

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