October 21, 2014

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Rapist pleads not guilty to sex-offender registry failure

MEDINA — A man who served 10 years in prison for raping a 6-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Thursday to failing to register as a sex offender.

The charge against Roger W. McMaster, 39, of 545 W. Friendship St., is a first-degree felony because his original rape charge was the same degree.

Roger McMaster

At his May 29, 2002, sentencing, Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier also labeled McMaster a sexual predator, which required him to register with the sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of his life upon release from prison.

If convicted, McMaster could face up to 10 more years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.

At McMaster’s 2002 sentencing, county Assistant Prosecutor Scott Salisbury said McMaster raped the 6-year-old girl several times over seven months. He was 28 years old at the time.

McMaster was released from prison Sept. 10, 2011, and was indicted on the failure to register charge on Feb. 14.

McMaster’s jury trial is scheduled for April 29. He is being held at the Medina County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Also in court Thursday:

Brandon M. Ward, 19, of 4086 Boston Road Lot 19, Brunswick Hills Township, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of aggravated robbery and kidnapping, first-degree felonies, and a count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Ward also is awaiting a March 25 sentencing after pleading no contest to possessing marijuana and a dangerous ordnance, fifth-degree felonies, and an April 1 trial on a robbery charge, a second-degree felony.

Overall, he could face as many as 58 years in prison and $115,000 in fines, but it’s possible his sentences could run concurrently if he is convicted.

Ward was indicted on his most recent charges Feb. 14, and his trial is scheduled for April 29. He is being held at the Medina County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.