George Hiotis

Stockport Mayor Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Charges

by George Hiotis on April 18, 2012 at 1:19 am

The Mayor of Stockport appeared in Morgan County Common Pleas Court on multiple sex charges. Morgan County Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell says the attorney for 38-year-old Michael Shane Shuster entered a not guilty plea at a Wednesday morning arraignment.  Shuster was indicted on 10 counts each of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Howdyshell says the incidents involved a victim under the age of 13 and occurred between October of 2006 and January of this year. Shuster was arrested in March after Morgan County Sheriff Tom Jenkins says his office received a call from Morgan County Children’s Services of an alleged rape of a juvenile.  Shuster’s Attorney asked Judge Dan Favreu to reduce his client’s bond, but the Judge continued it at 1 million dollars.  Shuster is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.  A trial date is set for May 24th.