August 20, 2014

Medina
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Child abuse trial begins after nearly six years

MEDINA — Jury selection began Monday for a child endangerment trial.

Kenneth Grad

Kenneth Grad

Kenneth Grad, 43, formerly of Montville Township, is accused of abusing his month-old son in May 2008 — including lacerating the boy’s scrotum and breaking his collarbone, arms, wrists, fingers, ribs, feet, legs and skull.

The boy, now 5, and his sister were later adopted.

The trial has been delayed more than 20 times since he was indicted in July 2008, making it the longest ongoing case still awaiting trial in Medina County Common Pleas Court.

Grad’s wife, 37-year-old Laura Grad, was convicted in 2009 on related charges and has completed her three-year prison sentence.

Her husband is charged with five counts of child endangering, three second- and two third-degree felonies, and three counts of second-degree felonious assault. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

Grad’s trial was slowed as a result of plea changes, judge recusals, attorney illnesses and because he’s had at least 10 attorneys who each needed time to prepare before going to trial.