Twinsburg man pleads not guilty to rape, sexual battery

By Andrew Schunk | Twinsburg Bulletin Editor Published:

Akron -- Twinsburg resident Gregory S. Kudla pleaded not guilty May 28 to 22 felony counts, including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, in a case involving two females between April 2010 and April 2014.

Kudla, 37, of Gettysburg Drive and head coach and Trustee of the Sagamore Hills F.C. (football club), was indicted May 23 on eight counts of rape (first-degree felonies), five counts of gross sexual imposition (third-degree felonies), eight counts of sexual battery (third-degree felonies) and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles (fifth-degree felony).

Kudla's charges are not related to the Sagamore Hills F.C. soccer club, according to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. The Sagamore Hills F.C. is a non-profit organization that offers soccer programs for adults and youth in Northeast Ohio.

"Right now we're in the preliminary stages of the case," said Dan Weisenburger, Kudla's attorney. "We're looking into this with great depth and expect to put forth a rigorous defense of these allegations."

Kudla remained in Summit County jail as of June 4 on 10 percent of a $500,000 bond.

According to the prosecutor's office, the charges involve two females, one of which was a minor at the time of the alleged crimes. The prosecutor's office would not divulge either females' age now or at the time of the alleged crimes.

The rapes allegedly occurred between April 2010 and April 2014, according to the May 23 indictment. The sexual batteries also allegedly occurred between April 2010 and April 2014.

Four of the five counts of gross sexual imposition allegedly occurred between April 2005 and April 2009, according to the May 23 grand jury indictment, while one count of gross sexual imposition -- the count involving the minor, according to the prosecutor's office -- allegedly occurred between Aug. 5, 2010, and Aug. 4, 2011.

The single count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles allegedly occurred between April 2010 and April 2014, according to the indictment.

Judge Tom Teodosio has been assigned to the case, and a preliminary hearing has been set for June 16 at 1 p.m.

Teodosio has imposed electronic monitoring, house arrest, maximum pretrial release and no contact with the victims, any minors or his soccer club, should Kudla post bail.

Kudla was arrested by the Twinsburg Police Department May 13, according to the Stow Municipal Court Clerk of Courts Office, and had his initial appearance before Judge Kim Hoover May 15.

The case was bound over to Summit County Court of Common Pleas May 28.

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