Prosecutor: Bedford Judge Jacob now faces 5 more charges

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty has announced that Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob III was indicted today by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on another five counts.

The Grand Jury charged Jacob with two counts of tampering with evidence, one count of tampering with records, one count of possessing criminal tools and one misdemeanor count of failure to report a felony.

These new charges are in addition to those announced on December 19.

On Dec. 6, WKYC was the first to confirm and report this story. Jacob already pleaded not guilty to the first round of charges and is represented by attorney Kevin Spellacy.

On Dec. 20, the Ohio Supreme issued an order Jacob is disqualified from acting as a judge because of his felony indictment.

In an order signed by Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, it notes that "it is further ordered that he shall remain disqualified while any and all indictments filed in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas are pending and until further order of this court."

Copies of the order were sent to Judge Jacob, the other sitting judge of the Bedford Municipal Court, the court's administrator who also serves as its clerk, and the city's fiscal officer.

The previous charges are that he is alleged to have solicited sex from at least three prostitutes and supervised the sexual activities of at least two women.

Jacob is already scheduled for a pre-trial at noon Wednesday before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian J. Corrigan on the original charges of bribery, dereliction of duty, soliciting and promoting prostitution.

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At that time, the Grand Jury charged Jacob with four felonies: one count of Bribery and three counts of Promoting Prostitution. Jacob was also indicted on six counts of Soliciting, a misdemeanor.

One of the tampering with evidence charges relates to Jacob purposely misleading a public official, according to the indictment, and the other is making evidence sought unavailable.

He is also charged with failure to report a felony being committed on July 1, 2013, according to McGinty. The tampering with records charge appears to be related to altering court records relating to an Orange Village traffic incident, according to the indictment.

Jacob, 57, of Solon, abruptly took a leave of absence from the bench on Nov. 19


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