NORTH OLMSTED

The owner of a North Olmsted art studio is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 21 on 15 counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of sexual imposition.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Kevin Frederick, 58, of North Ridgeville on the charges Sept. 29. Frederick, owner of the Artist for a Day studio, 28649 Lorain Road, was first indicted in June on seven counts of gross sexual imposition, according to court records. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on July 12 and remains free on a $5,000 personal bond.

His case has been assigned to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams.

The original case has gone through four pretrials, the last on Oct. 5. The trial was continued at the request of Frederick’s attorney, Cleveland’s Kevin Cafferkey. Collier- Williams granted the continuance in light of the added charges against Frederick.

Based on an investigation begun in January, police said Frederick had inappropriate contact with teenage female employees. The employees told police Frederick would smack and pinch their buttocks if he felt they had made a mistake while working. Police say the contact took place over the victims’ clothing.

Three female former employees, 17, 19 and 19, told North Olmsted police in January that Frederick acted inappropriately at various times between September 2019 and January 2021. Those accusations resulted in the initial charges against Frederick.

Sexual imposition is offensively touching another person in a sexual manner or touching another person in a sexual erogenous zone. Gross sexual imposition is an enhanced or aggravated version of sexual imposition.

Gross sexual imposition is a fourth-degree felony and can result in a prison sentence of six to 18 months and fines of up to $5,000. Sexual imposition is a third-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.

Contact this reporter at tcorrigan@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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