A Garfield Heights man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of sexually assaulting seven girls in Stow.

Scott R. Brundage, 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree felony rape as well as three counts of third-degree felony gross sexual imposition and two counts of fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition.

A trial for Brundage began Monday with jury selection, and opening arguments had been expected Tuesday morning before the plea deal was reached.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands said that as part of a plea deal, she was dismissing three additional counts of rape, five counts of gross sexual imposition, a felony count of corrupting another with drugs and two counts of sexual imposition.

The girls ranged in age from 9 to 14 at the time of the incidents, according to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office. An investigation began when the youngest girl reported in January 2017 that Brundage had been sexually assaulting her, police said.

Police determined the girl’s sisters also were assaulted between early August and late November 2016. In March 2017, another woman reported that Brundage had also assaulted her daughters.

Police said Brundage has no prior criminal history. He had worked for about a year as a part-time police officer in Kirtland in the early 1990s, and was most recently a self-employed tile contractor.

Rowlands is scheduled to sentence Brundage at 1:15 p.m. April 9. According to Rowlands, the maximum sentence she could impose on Brundage is 29 years in prison.

Brundage has been held in Summit County Jail on a $500,000 bond since the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested him at his home Aug. 8, 2017, less than a week after the grand jury indictment. Neither he nor defense lawyer Jacob Will commented about the plea.

 

Jeff Saunders can be reached at 330-541-9431, jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.