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Aurora: Doctor indicted on sex charges involving children

6:20 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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AURORA -- Authorities say a 79-year-old northeast Ohio physician is accused of molesting children since the late 1990s.

A Portage County grand jury has indicted Dr. Mark Shaffer Jr., 79, on 24 counts including two counts of rape, 11 counts of gross sexual imposition, 10 counts of pandering obscenity and 1 count of kidnapping.

On November 28 search warrants were executed at both Shaffer's Aurora home and Bainbridge office as part of an on-going Postal Service investigation into alleged distribution on child porn.

Investigators say Shaffer agreed to an interview at the police station following the searches of his home and office. Aurora Chief Seth Riewaldt said Shaffer told officers that "for several years he had engaged in sexual activity with numerous children."

Shaffer his being held on a $100,000 bond. He has been fired from his job.

The Associated Press/WKYC

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