May 30, 2015


Critics slam ‘Game of Thrones’ for rape scene

LOS ANGELES — A U.S. senator is among those condemning a rape scene on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” In a comment tweeted Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill described the sexual assault as “gratuitous” and “disgusting.” The Democratic lawmaker from Missouri said she was done with the show. Others critics included the website The Mary Sue, which Read More…

Heather Koon waives preliminary hearing for rape charges

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ELYRIA — Heather Koon, the day care worker accused of raping two children at ABC Kidz Child Care, waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday and agreed to have the two rape charges she faces bound over to a county grand jury. By waiving the preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors would have been required to present some Read More…

Woman accused of having sex with mentally disabled teen at request of boyfriend


ELYRIA – An Elyria woman is facing rape and sexual battery charges for allegedly having sexual relations with a mentally disabled 16-year-old boy. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Sherrie Swingler, 35, engaged in sex with the boy, who has a mental age between 5 and 8, at the request of 47-year-old Gerald Bodiford. Will Read More…

Prosecutors: Heather Koon raped children at request of registered sex offender boyfriend

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ELYRIA – Heather Koon raped children at the Elyria day care center where she worked at the request of her registered sex offender boyfriend, James Osborne, prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday. “We’re not alleging that (Osborne) actually entered the day care center,” Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said. “We have a substantial Read More…

Heather Koon’s background investigated for other possible molestation accusations

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether Heather Koon, the child care worker accused of raping two young children at an Elyria day care center, may have molested other children there or at other centers where she has worked. Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said Tuesday he couldn’t go into the details of the Read More…

ABC Kidz Child Care enrollment drops in light of sexual abuse allegations

ABC Kidz Child Care, 515 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, saw a drop in attendance Monday after allegations surfaced that a former employee raped two children there. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

By Lisa Roberson and Brad Dicken ELYRIA — In the wake of allegations of children being sexually abused by a former staff member, there were fewer kids than normal checking in Monday at ABC Kidz Child Care on North Abbe Road. For those who remained, it was a tough drop-off. Tabitha Crabtree, the mother of Read More…

Child care employee accused of raping children will remain in jail

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By Brad Dicken and Lisa Roberson ELYRIA  —  Heather Koon, the 25-year-old day care worker facing charges for allegedly raping a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old while she was supposed to be caring for them at ABC Kidz Child Care, will remain in the Lorain County Jail on a $2 million bond, a judge ruled Monday. Read More…