Bedford law director pleads not guilty to corruption, sex charges

CLEVELAND -- Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman was arraigned on bribery and prostitution-related charges Thursday.

Those charges stem from a lengthy indictment involving several women.

According to prosecutors, those women worked as prostitutes at a massage parlor in Bedford.

Schuman has pleaded not guilty.

Schuman, 41, of Bedford was arraigned on several felony charges, including accepting bribes, theft in office, money laundering and obstructing justice.

He is also charged with soliciting sex, a misdemeanor.

According to the prosecutor, Schuman also interfered with a criminal investigation at the Bedford Police Department.

Prosecutors say he interfered on behalf of a woman with whom he had a relationship.

Schuman was ordered not to contact her nor any other witnesses in the case.

Last month a grand jury indicted Schuman and Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob.

Jacob, 57, of Solon, is charged with bribery and promoting prostitution. Both are felonies.

He's also charged with soliciting sex from three women.

According to prosecutors, Jacob also gave those women special favors when they appeared before him in court.

Jacob has also pleaded not guilty.

Also laid out in court was a possible connection to the Cuyahoga County corruption case.

According to prosecutors, Schuman accepted a nearly $10,000 bribe in 2006 to influence the hiring of a Cleveland law firm as the city's bond counsel.

The bond counsel hired? A now a familiar name -- Anthony Calabrese III, of Bentleyville.

Calabrese is currently serving a nine-year federal sentence for corruption and bribery charges.

Schuman and Jacob both abruptly went on medical leave in November. Both are currently out on $5,000 bond.

Jacob will be back in court on Monday for a pretrial hearing.


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