Computer expert testifies in Bedford judge trial

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CLEVELAND –  Images of escort services, articles on sexual addiction, links for psychological help and websites on Ohio law were all found on a laptop belonging to Bedford Judge Harry Jacob.

Natasha Branam, a computer expert with the state Bureau of Investigation, testified during Jacob’s trial Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on what she found on the computer

“Within the web page preview folder is where I located 4,791 graphic folders depicting Safari web page previews,” Branam said.

Jacob, 57, is facing numerous charges including obstruction of justice, bribery and promoting prostitution.

During testimony Friday, Prosecutor Matt Myer pointed out that starting in November, there were searches to Ohio legal websites on Jacob’s computer.  That was around the time the investigation on Jacob began.

Earlier this week, women testified that Jacob paid them anywhere from $200 to $800 each time they had sex with them.  They also said Jacob bought them gifts.

During cross examination, defense attorneys got one women to admit she had lied to investigators several times.  The woman said she was using drugs at the time, and tried to suppress what took place.

Jacob’s trial began Wednesday.  The case is being heard by Judge Brian Corrigan instead of a jury.

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