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Former Avon Fire Chief formally indicted for pandering obscenity

Posted at 6:02 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 09:50:31-05

AVON, Ohio — Former Avon Fire Chief Frank Root Junior has been formally indicted for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor or impaired person and pandering obscenity involving a minor or impaired person, according to court records.

Root turned himself into Avon police headquarters on the morning of Tuesday, Oct 22.

Root was arraigned on the charge just a few hours later in Avon Lake Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty during the arraignment.

Police are not yet releasing what evidence they've obtained to warrant the charge.

The Avon Police Department began the investigation into Root after a complaint was forwarded from the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office in July.

Root was the Avon fire Chief until 2006, when his son, Frank Root III was made the new fire Chief.

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