February 9, 2016

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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

Michael Fine appears in Lorain County Common Pleas Court to plead not guilty Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

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

Michael Fine

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

Mitcheal Orr

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…

Exonerated Elyria man free to perform

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ELYRIA — Wherever there is music, Raymond Towler is at home and at peace. These days, he finds that peace in the basement studio of his Elyria home, where he jams out on his guitar while penning songs of delayed justice. It was music that Towler said kept him sane while incarcerated for 29 years Read More…

Suspect faces rape charge

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ELYRIA — Demetrius Richardson Jr. has been charged with rape for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. The 25-year-old isn’t the first to face criminal charges for having an allegedly inappropriate relationship with the girl that began online and spilled over into the real world. Read More…

Elyria man arrested, accused of rape of 12-year-old girl who went missing

Demetrius Richardson

Listen to the audio from Kaylyn Rogers’ 911 call ELYRIA – A 25-year-old Elyria man is facing a rape charge for allegedly having sexual relations with a 12-year-old Avon girl who went missing over the weekend. Demetrius Richardson told police that on Saturday he picked up Autumn Shreve and a 2-year-old girl she was babysitting, Read More…