HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Former Hubbard Mayor Richard Keenan is facing felony charges for the alleged sexual assault of a minor.
Keenan was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury and was booked into the county jail Thursday. He faces eight counts of gross sexual imposition, eight counts of rape and four counts of attempted rape.
“We received a complaint that a child had been molested. Our detective bureau and Detective David Oaks investigated the complaint and presented the results of that investigation to the grand jury,” said Police Chief James Taafe.
Keenan pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment Thursday, and bond was set at $75,000. The judge ordered that he not have any contact with children.
The crimes began as early as September of 2013, when the victim was four years old, and continued until June of this year, according to the indictment.
“I was shocked to hear that, because Ricky was always a, you know, upstanding person and he was the mayor,” said Stephen Klucher, of Hubbard.
The 65-year-old was sworn in as Hubbard’s mayor in January of 2010 until John Darko took office in December of 2011. He was not in office during the time of the alleged crimes.
Keenan is due back in court next month for a pre-trial hearing.