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Thomas Ganley indicted on gross sexual imposition charges


Thomas Ganley, the millionaire owner of several auto dealerships who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton for the 13th Congressional District, was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on seven counts -- three counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of kidnapping, one count of abduction, one count of soliciting and one count of menacing by stalking.

All of the charges except the menacing by stalking are felonies, with the kidnapping charge being the highest level -- a first-degree felony.

The charges stem from an accusation dating back to Aug. 1, 2009, when a 37-year-old woman took her vehicle to be serviced at the Ganley Chevrolet on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland. Ganley, 68, of Brecksville, reportedly invited the victim into his office where he solicited her for sex and had sexual contact. Afterward, prosecutors say, he made several menacing phone calls to her.

An arraignment date has not been scheduled.

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