July 1, 2016

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Man convicted of sex act on girl, 10

MEDINA — A 51-year-old Medina man faces life in prison for performing a sex act on a 10-year-old girl in December 2012.

T. Wade Higdon, of 810 Ridgeview Drive, will be sentenced Tuesday by Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

T. Wade Higdon

T. Wade Higdon

Higdon was charged with the forcible rape of a child under age 13, a first-degree felony punishable by mandatory life in prison with parole eligibility after 25 years.

Jury selection began Monday. A jury convicted Higdon on Thursday evening after 4ᄑ hours of deliberation.

Investigators said at trial that amylase, an enzyme found in bodily fluids and especially saliva, was found on the girl’s underwear. DNA in the enzyme matched Higdon’s DNA, they said.

Higdon, who was free on bond during his trial, was taken to the county jail pending sentencing.

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.