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Former Avon Lake fire chief also faces eight counts of rape

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    Former Avon Lake fire Chief Larry Grizzell appears in court in October for a bond hearing.



ELYRIA — Charges continue to pile up for a former Avon Lake fire chief accused of sexual assault.

Larry Grizzell, 60, was indicted on eight counts of first-degree felony rape by a Lorain County grand jury, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday afternoon. Earlier this month, Grizzell was named in a 16-count indictment that included eight counts of third-degree felony sexual battery and eight counts of fourth-degree gross sexual imposition.

Grizzell was arrested last month on charges of rape and sexual battery by Elyria police, a day after police received a complaint alleging a sex offense against him.

On Oct. 1, Grizzell was arrested at his home without incident, according to Elyria police. The previous day, police had received a complaint alleging a sex offense against Grizzell.

An investigation by detectives found that Grizzell had sexually assaulted a family member, police have said. As a result of the investigation, detectives signed warrants against him.

Grizzell “made admissions regarding the offenses he was charged with” when police interviewed him, officers have said.

Grizzell served as fire chief in Avon Lake for four years before stepping down in 2005, after months of internal strife between the chief and the city firefighters union. Grizzell remained with the department as a platoon lieutenant before retiring in 2015, according to the Avon Lake Fire Department.

Grizzell is being held in Lorain County Jail on $1.25 million bond.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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