Stockport Mayor Held on $1 Million Bond

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Associated Press

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Updated Fri, Apr 20, 2012 8:32 am

A southeastern Ohio village mayor suspected of repeatedly raping a girl has pleaded not guilty and is being held on bond of $1 million.

Stockport Mayor Michael Shane Shuster is charged with 10 counts each of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. He pleaded not guilty in a Morgan County court on Wednesday.
 
Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell says the charges are linked to 10 incidents of alleged sexual contact that began when the girl was 10 or 11. She is now 16.
 
An attorney for the 38-year-old Shuster couldn't be reached but had said earlier that he thought the bond should be lower because Shuster isn't a danger to the community.
 
The village of roughly 500 people is about 70 miles southeast of Columbus.
 
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