July 23, 2016

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Reduced bail sought in child sex case because employment ‘in jeopardy’

MEDINA — A man charged with sexual battery has asked a judge to reduce his bail so he can keep his job.

Nicholas Lane, 43, of Wadsworth, is charged with sexual battery of a 14-year-old boy, a third-degree felony.

At a hearing in Wadsworth Municipal Court on Thursday, the court found probable evidence to refer the case for possible indictment by a Medina County grand jury.

Lane is being held on $150,000 bond at the Medina County Jail while he waits for the case to be presented to a grand jury.

On Monday, his attorney, Matthew Ameer, filed a request to have his bond reduced.

“Because of the delays caused by proceeding by indictment, and the fact that defendant has been incarcerated since July 1, defendant’s employment and other financial interests are in jeopardy,” Ameer wrote in his request filed Monday.

When the case went to Wadsworth Municipal Court, Lane was found indigent and a public defender was appointed to him. In his letter to the court, Ameer wrote that Lane has a job in North Canton and has family in the area, so he would not be a flight risk. He also said Lane would be willing to submit to electronic monitoring as a condition of his bond.

Ameer asked the court to consider lowering his bond to 10 percent of $75,000 or $75,000 with the option of using Lane’s property as collateral.

A judge has not yet been assigned to the case or ruled on Ameer’s request.

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