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Aurora man jailed, charged with raping child

Kent resident among Bainbridge doctor's alleged victims; 79-year-old held in Portage County jail on

By Mike Lesko | Aurora Advocate Published: December 8, 2012 4:00 AM
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A 79-year-old Aurora man has been charged with 24 counts relating to sexual involvement with minors, according to Aurora police.

Dr. Mark B. Shaffer Jr. was indicted by a Portage County grand jury on one count of kidnapping and two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, 11 counts of gross sexual imposition, which are third-degree felonies, and 10 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, which are fourth-degree felonies.

Shaffer is being held at the Portage County jail on $1 million bond, according to court records.

The investigation unfolded Nov. 28 when Aurora police officers assisted U.S. Postal Inspection Service inspectors in serving a federal search warrant to Shaffer at 839 Windward Drive, Aurora, according to police, who said the investigation resulted from an ongoing probe by postal authorities into alleged distribution of child pornography.

While conducting a search of the residence, police said numerous video recordings of suspected child pornography were found.

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During a follow-up interview, police said Shaffer told investigators that for several years he has engaged in sexual activity with children. After the interview, Shaffer was charged with one count of gross sexual imposition of a victim less than age 13.

Other postal inspectors carried out a search warrant Nov. 28 at Shaffer's medical office at 8185 Washington St. in Bainbridge Township.

One of the victims identified by Shaffer lives in Kent, so Kent police detectives interviewed the victim, police said. Shaffer was charged Tuesday with the rape of a child under age 13.

On Thursday, the case was presented to the grand jury, which handed up the 24-count indictment.

Court records did not list an attorney for Shaffer.

Police said the case is under investigation and additional charges are pending.

Although Shaffer's activity occurred in multiple jurisdictions over many years, according to police, the Aurora Police Department is coordinating the investigation.

Anyone who has information concerning this case is asked to call the Aurora police detective bureau at 330-562-8181.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9400, ext. 4187 or mlesko@recordpub.com

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anonymous Dec 8, 2012 5:36 PM

Is this the Dr. Mark B. Shaffer Jr that practices medicine and has offices in Chargin Falls?

anonymous Dec 8, 2012 1:05 PM

What kind of deal can a 79 year old get? Stay tuned and watch the "Portage County Discount House of Justice" at work.

anonymous Dec 8, 2012 10:09 AM

Rapists are the worst people on earth, oh wait I forgot about all the people in D.C.