June 30, 2016

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Medina Twp. man, 79, pleads not guilty to molesting kids

MEDINA — A 79-year-old Medina Township man pleaded not guilty Monday to molesting children almost two decades ago.

Robert D. Law, a notary who lives at 4898 Century Oak Circle, is scheduled for a June 3 jury trial before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

Robert D. Law, right, listens with his attorney, Matthew Gaeckle, to Medina County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. Collier at Law’s arraignment on Monday. Law, 79, pleaded not guilty to rape charges. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

He is charged with the aggravated rape of a child under age 13, two counts of rape of a child under age 13, one count of complicity to rape a child under age 13 and one count of gross sexual imposition. All the charges are first-degree felonies except imposition, which is third-degree.

If convicted, Law could face life in prison.

According to the April 10 grand jury indictment, Law is accused of molesting children — who are now 23 and 27 years old — in the summers of 1989, 1994, 1996 and 1997, when they were between 3 and 8 years old.

Law also is accused of aiding an unidentified person in raping one of the children in 1997.

Law was arrested March 27 after a four-month joint investigation by the Medina County sheriff’s detective bureau and the FBI. He is being held at the county jail on $1 million bond.

Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Travis Colonius said the FBI was investigating whether Law crossed state lines to commit the alleged crimes.

Colonius has encouraged anyone else who may be a victim of Law to come forward.

“We’re not sure if there are more,” Colonius has said, “but we want this out there just in case there are.”

Law retained attorney Matthew Gaeckle to represent him.

Also in court Monday:

• Jason Douglas, 25, of Hudson, pleaded guilty to a 2011 robbery.

Douglas already is in prison for being convicted of a Portage County aggravated robbery. He was scheduled for release in 2017 but will spend six more years in prison as a result of Monday’s plea.

He admitted to having a drug problem in court and said he was sorry for his actions.

“I just want to apologize to the victims of my crime,” he said. “I’ll use my time in prison to work on my substance abuse problems and to better myself.”

• Brian R. Kennedy, 28, of 3882 Wilmington Drive, Montville Township, pleaded not guilty to a count of marijuana cultivation, a fifth-degree felony.

Kennedy is scheduled for a July 10 trial.

He was released from jail April 9 after posting 10 percent of a $10,000 bond.

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.