April 18, 2014

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Man, 80, is guilty of raping child 20 years ago

MEDINA — An 80-year-old Medina Township man pleaded guilty to child molestation charges involving abuse that occurred two decades ago.

Robert D. Law, of 4898 Century Oak Circle, was convicted Nov. 27 of rape and gross sexual imposition, first- and third-degree felonies.

Robert Law

In exchange for his plea, charges of aggravated rape, rape and complicity to commit rape were dropped.

Law faces more than 11 years in prison. Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier scheduled a Feb. 5 sentencing hearing for Law.

The rape charge originally included a specification that the victim was 13 years old or younger, which is punishable by life in prison. The specification was dropped as part of his plea.

Law was arrested March 27 after a four-month joint investigation between the county sheriff’s detective bureau and the FBI’s Akron branch. The FBI was involved because Law brought the children across state lines, detectives said.

The FBI was alerted by one of the children, who’s now an adult, detectives said. The FBI contacted the Sheriff’s Office, which has a joint-FBI taskforce to investigate crimes against children.

County Prosecutor Dean Holman and sheriff’s detectives haven’t said whether the victims are male or female.

Under the original charges, Law was accused of molesting the children — who now are 24 and 27 years old — in the summers of 1989, 1994, 1996 and 1997, when they were between 3 and 8 years old. He also is accused of aiding an unidentified person in raping one of the children in 1997.

Law was between 55 and 64 years old during that period.

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

  • BereaBrave

    Rot in Hell you pig.