September 2, 2014

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Medina man pleads not guilty to rapes

MEDINA — A city resident pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of rape and two other sex-related charges.

James McDonald, 48, of 880 Deepwood Drive, is charged with one 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.

Medina resident James McDonald, 48, who is charged with rape, appears Tuesday morning before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Medina resident James McDonald, 48, who is charged with rape, appears Tuesday morning before Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

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 Medina police.

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

“The victim’s parents brought her forward and made us aware of the allegations,” Police Chief Pat Berarducci has said.

Berarducci said police began investigating the allegations around May 1.

Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier set McDonald’s trial for June 29. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for June 23.

McDonald is being held in the Medina County Jail on $150,000 bond.