BEDFORD -- Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman was arraigned Thursday morning where he pleaded not guilty to all counts against him.
Schuman faces multiple charges including bribery, unlawful interest in a public contract, money laundering, theft in office, obstructing justice, falsification and receiving improper compensation/soliciting.
The state of Ohio charges that Schuman received a bribe of $9,500 in 2006 to influence the hiring of a Cleveland law firm as the city's bond counsel. It also accuses him of using Bedford city employees to do work for his outside law practice and to run personal errands on city time, deliberately misleading police about a woman with whom he had a relationship during their investigation of a brothel that had been operating in Bedford, and soliciting a woman for sex.
His bond was set at $5,000.
The judge ordered that Schuman is not permitted to contact any witnesses involved in the case and scheduled a pretrial hearing for Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Schuman, along with Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob III, were indicted in December.
Jacob, who was arraigned earlier this week, also pleaded not guilty. He is also scheduled to be back for a pretrial hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 13. His charges include bribery, promoting prostitution and soliciting sex.