November 30, 2015

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79-year-old man’s trial for molestation postponed

MEDINA — The trial of a 79-year-old Medina Township man accused of molesting children was postponed Monday to determine whether he is fit mentally and physically for trial.

Robert D. Law, a notary who lives at 4898 Century Oak Circle, awaits a geriatric assessment “due to his age and infirmity,” according to a motion filed by his attorney April 30.

Robert Law

The attorney, Matthew Gaeckle, wrote the assessment “is necessary to present a proper defense” and “must be explored so that counsel for the defendant may properly prepare for trial.”

Law 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.

He was arrested March 27 after a four-month joint investigation by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and the FBI.

He is being held at the county jail on $1 million bond.

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