Cuyahoga County

Bedford Municipal Judge Harry Jacob III arraigned


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Bedford municipal judge pleaded not guilty today to prostitution and corruption-related charges resulting from an investigation led by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office.

 A grand jury last month indicted Judge Harry J. Jacob III and Bedford Law Director Ken Schuman as part of a 19-count indictment that accuses the public officials accepting bribes and soliciting prostitutes, among other crimes.

Schuman's arraignment was rescheduled for Thursday.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Meyer asked for a $10,000 bond and said that Jacob had exploited drug-addicted women and used his power at the court to give prostitutes special treatment.

“A local brothel and its employees were emboldened to operate freely when they had the city judge and prosecutor who handle the prostitution cases on the list of customers," Meyer said in court. "The abuse of power by a man who is supposed to dispense justice cannot be tolerated by any community that respects the rule of law.”

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