Cuyahoga County

Bedford police videotaped visitors to brothel building for 6 months in 2013

For six months, Bedford police detectives videotaped everyone coming and going from an office building where a brothel was suspected of operating last year, according to court documents filed Friday.

The investigation resulted in prostitution and public corruption charges being filed against a municipal judge, the city's law director and the owner of the building.

Law Director Ken Schuman, 42, resigned after he was indicted on charges of bribery, theft in office, soliciting improper compensation, money laundering, obstructing justice, falsification, and soliciting prostitution.

Municipal Judge Harry Jacob III is charged with fixing court cases for prostitutes, having sex with prostitutes and promoting prostitution.

James Walsh, 71, the owner of the building and operator of the Studio 54 massage parlor, was indicted on charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.

All three defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Schuman and Jacob are scheduled to stand trial together Aug. 6 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

The new information in the Bedford case is contained in a document filed Friday by Assistant County Prosecutor Matthew Meyer.

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