July 2, 2016

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Sheriff: Sex assault victims of man, 79, should come forward

MEDINA — The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have been a victim of a Medina Township man being held at the county jail on a rape charge stemming from 1996 to come forward.

Robert D. Law, 79, was arrested at his 4898 Century Oak Circle home March 27 after a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and the FBI.

Sheriff’s Detective Samo Mernik said Thursday the investigation is ongoing.

Robert Law

“I’ve been working hand-in-hand with the FBI since November on this,” Mernik said.

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

The FBI only investigates federal crimes. According to U.S. law, rape becomes a federal crime when it involves crossing state lines — physically or through the Internet — intending to engage in sexual activity with a child younger than age 12.

Mernik declined to confirm whether that was the case.

“The possibility exists, and it was looked into,” Mernik said.

He did confirm the alleged offense happened in Medina County on July 1, 1996. He declined to provide the accuser’s age.

Mernik said anyone with information on Law should contact the Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re encouraging anybody who might have been victimized to come forward,” he said.

Law was being held at the jail Thursday on $1 million bond. He awaits a Monday hearing in Medina Municipal Court to see whether the case will go before a Medina County grand jury.

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

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.