Investigator: Political figure's grandson charged

4:38 PM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- A city political figure's grandson is facing felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl in a high school library.

Police charged the boy with gross sexual imposition. He is scheduled to appear in Lorain County juvenile court next week.

The boy denied the allegations during an interview with North Ridgeville police, according to a police report.

The victim told the Investigator Tom Meyer that the sex assault happened on Feb. 24 at North Ridgeville High School as she was doing homework in the library during school hours.

She said the boy, whom she knew only slightly, asked that they sit together.

"I was just working and he started rubbing my thigh," said the girl.

"I stood up to walk away and he grabbed my arm and pulled me back to the seat....he stuck my hand under all his clothing and made me touch his private area. And (he) made me do inappropriate things."

The girl escaped and reported it to school administrators. They called the North Ridgeville Police, who began an investigation.

When the girl returned to school, the boy began staring her down and sending her text messages.

"I'm sorry, okay?" the boy wrote in one text message. "I didn't mean any harm to you."

In another text, the boy wrote: "I still love you kiddo. I know I'm getting into trouble, but it's whatever I guess."

North Ridgeville Superintendent Larry Brown declined to comment on the charges.

The mother of the victim says a staff nurse told her the boy was well known for this type of thing.

"She had asked me who the boy was, and when I had told her she says 'Oh my gosh, I've been trying to report him for years,'" the mother said.

The girl says she also recorded the boy's sister during a hallway conversation, acknowledging that this is not the boy's first time.

"That's a good thing someone's finally stood up for themselves," the boy's sister said, according to a copy of the recording obtained by Channel 3 News.

"So you know he's done this to other girls?" the girl asked.

"Yeah, I know," the girl responded.

Channel 3 News reviewed the boy's juvenile record. The most serious case involved the boy pointing a BB gun at a neighbor's house. Charges were never filed. But the city law director refuses to release records on a case from last year in which the boy wasn't charged.



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