Ohio man pleads innocent in rape

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- A man accused of pandering obscenity involving young girls was charged Monday with committing 22 rapes involving four victims, a prosecutor said.
Jimmy Ray Thompson Jr., 39, of Olmsted Falls, pleaded innocent to the rape charges, eight counts of gross sexual imposition and about 2,800 counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor in Berea Municipal Court, said Olmsted Falls prosecutor Bradley Burland.
Police in Olmsted Falls arrested Thompson on July 31 on a charge of drunken driving. A search of his truck and wallet yielded sexually explicit photographs of a young girl and a pair of girl's panties, prompting a search of his home.
Authorities seized computers and padlocked storage boxes. More charges could be filed after investigators review computer hard drives, computer disks, videotapes and DVDs, Burland said.
Thompson's bond was continued at $1 million Monday, and his case was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.
His attorney, Ronald Falconi, did not return a message requesting comment.
Police think Thompson had access to children in his suburban Cleveland neighborhood due to proximity to a pool, playground and park.

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