September 2, 2014

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Man, 79, arrested for rape, FBI investigating case

MEDINA — A 79-year-old Medina Township man is being held in the Medina County Jail on $1 million bond stemming from a July 1, 1996, rape case being investigated by the FBI.

Robert D. Law, of 4898 Century Oak Circle, was arrested March 28 by sheriff’s deputies and charged with rape, a first-degree felony, according to court records.

Robert Law

Law, who is a notary public, is being held at the jail for the FBI, according to Sheriff’s Office records.

Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the Northern District of the Ohio U.S. Attorney, said Law has not been charged yet on the federal level.

According to law, rape falls under federal jurisdiction when a person crosses state lines to engage in a sexual act with someone under the age of 12.

“We don’t prosecute rape unless it involves children,” Tobin said.

FBI Special Agent Donna Cambeiro declined to comment and referred questions to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Colonius said Detective Samo Mernik was the arresting officer, but Mernik was out of the office Wednesday.

Colonius declined to comment and said Mernik hadn’t yet produced a report.

Colonius and Sheriff Tom Miller said Mernik would provide more details today.

Law is scheduled for a hearing at 11:40 a.m. Monday before Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase, where his case is expected to be bound over to a county grand jury.

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