A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has added five additional charges against Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry J. Jacob
CLEVELAND -- A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has added five additional charges against Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry J. Jacob III, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.
The new charges against Jacob include felony counts of tampering with records and tampering with evidence, two misdemeanor counts of falsification and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice.
They were issued as part of a superseding indictment against Jacob and Kenneth Schuman, who has been the city of Bedford's Law Director and City Prosecutor.
On Nov. 19, Jacob unexpectedly notified the court that he would be taking an indefinite medical leave of absence. At that time, no charges had been filed but rumors began to circulate. The previous Saturday, Jacob also abruptly shut down his personal Facebook page.
In all, there are now eight counts against Schuman and 21 counts against Jacob, according to McGinty.
Friday's charges against Jacob, 57, of Solon, pertain to the judge's handling of a 2012 domestic violence case involving a Bedford Heights man who had been accused of hitting a minor child.
The State of Ohio charges that, without hearing testimony from the victim and before the Bedford Heights City Prosecutor could review the allegations, Jacob unilaterally decided to allow the defendant to plead guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.
Jacob then issued a fraudulent journal entry indicating that the prosecutor had moved to amend the charges.