Retired Bedford judge gets jail time for having sex with prostitutes

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A retired Bedford judge must serve 60 days in jail and six months house arrest.

Judge Brian Corrigan said Wednesday during sentencing that he gave the sentence a lot of thought.

Former Judge Harry Jacob was convicted of ‎three charges of having sex with prostitutes and two charges of falsification of municipal court records. All are misdemeanor charges.

Jacob addressed the court and at times fought back tears.

“I am sorry, these have been the darkest days of my life, I am truly sorry,” Jacob said.

Prosecutors asked for jail time, saying Jacob was a public official and knew better.

“He was trolling for prostitutes when he was at work,” said Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Meyer.

But defense attorneys said he should get probation and noted that he was ‎ found not guilty of the most serious charges. ‎‎

His attorney, David Grant, told the judge that his client is a decent, hard-working, and honest person.

“He had a practice for many, many years in Solon and ran a youth soccer ‎league,” said Grant, adding Jacob was also a leader in his church.

“This trial was a public flogging,” Grant said, saying prosecutors soiled his reputation.

“This individual has been punished enough,” Grant said, asking for probation instead of jail.

Some friends of Jacob’s, including a priest, spoke to the court on his behalf, saying he has always been an honest, kind person.

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