June 27, 2016

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Sharon Twp. man’s bond tripled in case of teenager’s sexual assault

Nicholas Lane

Nicholas Lane

MEDINA — A judge more than tripled the bond of a Sharon Township man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy to $500,000 after a grand jury indicted him on additional charges.

Bond was set at $150,000 when Nicholas Lane, 43, of the 7100 block of Boneta Road, was arrested July 1 on a felony charge of sexual battery, but a county grand jury indicted him on additional charges of rape and gross sexual imposition.

He’s accused of assaulting the boy on July 1 while the boy was “substantially impaired because of a physical or mental condition,” according Lane’s July 16 indictment.

Medina County Assistant Prosecutor Matt Razavi said more charges are likely.

“We expect to file more charges against him involving other victims, too,” Razavi said.

Lane pleaded not guilty Thursday before county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

The charges are first-, third- and fourth-degree felonies. If convicted, he could face up to 11 or more years in prison.

Kimbler scheduled a jury trial for Sept. 29.

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