July 1, 2016

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Richardson convicted in rape of 12-year-old girl

ELYRIA — A jury convicted Demetrius Richardson of rape Wednesday for having sex with a 12-year-old girl despite his insistence that he didn’t know her true age. Jurors deliberated a little more than an hour Tuesday before breaking for the day. They discussed the case for about an hour Wednesday before deciding on the guilty Read More…

Jury deliberating Richardson’s fate in rape trial

ELYRIA — Demetrius Richardson admitted he had sex with a 12-year-old girl when he took the stand in his own defense Tuesday during the second day of his rape trial. But the 26-year-old also said he believed the girl when she said she was 19 or 20 years old because of what he knew about Read More…

Amherst police investigating rape allegation at local motel

AMHERST — Police are investigating a reported rape of a North Ridgeville teen at a local motel over the weekend. According to a police report, the assault occurred Saturday at the Motel 6, 704 N. Leavitt Road, in Amherst. Amherst police received a call from North Ridgeville police Sunday to inform them that a woman Read More…

Rape conviction brings new light to problem of sexual misconduct by law enforcement

OKLAHOMA CITY — The teenager’s mother clapped her hands and screamed with joy as she watched an Oklahoma City jury convict a former police officer of raping her daughter and sexually assaulting seven other women. Minutes after 29-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty, the mother of his youngest accuser said she hoped the case would Read More…

Former Avon man sentenced to life for molestion charges

A former Avon man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for molesting three young girls over a seven-year period, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s office. William Waters III, 39, was living in Westlake between 2007 and 2014 when he was sexually abusing the girls, including one Read More…

Justice denied: Victim waits 18 years for justice as serial rapist continues crimes

NEW ORLEANS — Marie picked up the phone and dialed the number the detective gave her 10 days before, on the night she was raped at knifepoint outside a friend’s house in New Orleans. It was the first of many calls Marie would make in an 18-year ordeal of shoddy police work and numbingly slow Read More…

UPDATED: Fine pleads not guilty to all charges at arraignment

ELYRIA — Former attorney Michael W. Fine sat silently with arms crossed in court Thursday during arraignment proceedings, waiting for his turn to step before Judge John Miraldi. Fine, 58, accused of hypnotizing female clients for sexual gratification, pleaded not guilty in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas to all charges against him. He Read More…

Former attorney indicted in hypnosis case

ELYRIA — The former Sheffield attorney accused of hypnotizing his female clients for his sexual gratification has been criminally charged in a 29-count secret indictment that was unsealed Friday after he turned himself in at the Lorain County Jail. Michael W. Fine, 58, is charged with rape, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, attempted Read More…

‘Preppy rapist’ now teaching skydiving in Connecticut

ELLINGTON, Conn. — Alex Kelly gained international infamy as the “preppy rapist” two decades ago while living an adrenaline-fueled life as a jet-set fugitive in Europe — skiing, hang gliding and mountain climbing before surrendering to face rape charges in Connecticut. Today, the ex-convict indulges his love of thrills as a skydiving instructor. The man Read More…

Man charged with raping neighbor

ELYRIA — A Carlisle Township man has been indicted on charges of forcing his way into a neighbor’s apartment and sexually assaulting the 67-year-old woman at knifepoint earlier this year. Mitcheal Orr II, 34, is charged with five counts of kidnapping, three counts of rape, two counts of aggravated burglary and single counts of aggravated Read More…