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Willoughby man considered rape suspect found dead of apparent suicide

8-31-2012 Ohio:

CHARDON, Ohio -- A Lake County man indicted in July on several counts of raping a young girl has died, apparently after committing suicide.

The attorney for Frank Vidmar, 52, said he found Vidmar's body in a shed at the Croatian Center on Mulberry Road near Chardon on Friday morning. Vidmar had been doing maintenance work at the center the previous day with permission from the court.

The body has been sent to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, which will do an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death, said spokesman Powell Caesar. It was reported to the office as a suicide, he said.

Vidmar had been out on bail for about two weeks, his attorney John Luskin said.

Luskin said Vidmar maintained his innocence, but was upset with the way police had treated his mother. He said Lakewood Police searched his mother's Kirtland home, where Vidmar also lived, on Wednesday.

"Apparently, they tore the house up pretty bad," Luskin said.

Luskin said police were looking for suspected child pornography on a computer and that they based their search on an intercepted conversation between Vidmar and his sister while Vidmar was in jail.

But the conversation Vidmar had with his sister was about removing Internal Revenue Service records from the computer, not any pornography, Luskin said. ..Source.. by Peter Krouse, The Plain Dealer

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