Beacon Journal staff report
A Summit County jury convicted a 28-year-old Northfield man of rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition for abducting a girl who had been baby-sitting, authorities said Wednesday.
John M. Muzic, of Cranbrook Drive, faces up to 23½ years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 6 before Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty.
In late January, prosecutors said, Muzic stopped at an acquaintance’s home while a baby sitter was there and brought her back to his house after she asked to see his dogs. He then grabbed the girl, dragged her to his bedroom and raped her after threatening to kill her.
Prosecutors said investigators identified Muzic’s DNA in a sample taken from the girl and her underwear.