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Retired Ohio physician pleads to to sex abuse

Associated Press • Feb 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM


A 74-year-old retired central Ohio physician could face five years in prison after pleading no contest to charges that he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Dr. Samuel Bracken Jr. entered the plea Tuesday. He was charged after video of him having sex with the boy was discovered on the home-security system at his house in the Columbus suburb of Dublin.

The retired obstetrician is scheduled to be sentenced April 10. In addition to a prison term, he'll have to register as a sex offender every six months.

Prosecutor Daniel Hawkins said the boy was the son of Bracken's then-cleaning lady. Police said Bracken admitted that he had sex with the boy and forgot about the cameras.

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Killer gets 19 years


The alleged shooter in the 2009 northeastern Ohio slayings of a mother and her teen daughter has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Thirty-nine-year-old Melvin Turner pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Wilneice Green and her 13-year-old daughter at their home near Youngstown.

Prosecutors said they agreed to the plea bargain because they lacked physical evidence tying Turner to the killings. But they relied on the testimony of Turner's four co-defendants, who have pleaded guilty to various crimes and face prison sentences of between 6 and 23 years.

The four others said they broke into the home to kill another man, but Green and her daughter were shot instead. 


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