Auto dealer Tom Ganley indicted on sex, kidnapping charges

CLEVELAND - Northeast Ohio auto dealer Tom Ganley has been indicted on sexual assualt charges, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

Ganley, 68, of Brecksville faces one count of kidnapping, three counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of abduction, one count of soliciting and one count of menacing by stalking.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office said a 37-year-old woman was getting her car serviced at Ganley Chevrolet on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland on Aug. 1, 2009. According to a release, Ganely invited the woman into his office and that’s when the incident occurred.

Prosecutors said he continued to call the woman after the incident.

The allegations surfaced during Ganley's campaign for Congress six months ago.  Ganley, a Republican, ran against Rep. Betty Sutton for the House of Representatives in November. He said the woman's claims were politically motivated and pulled thousands of dollars in advertising for the campaign.  The woman later filed a lawsuit.

Tom Ganely's son and vice president of the Ganley Automotive Group Ken Ganley issued the following statement on Tuesday:

"Our entire family stands behind my father during this difficult time. We hope Dad's record of community service, business leadership and dedication to our thousands of customers will speak to his true character.

"Even though we don't believe these allegations are true, we will use this awful situation to reinforce our core values and make sure we treat everyone respectfully - our customers, our employees and everyone we do business with. These allegations run counter to who we are as a company. Ganley Automotive has more than a thousand employees, and I know I have the full support of all of them as we work to maintain the public's confidence in our company.

"While this will be a difficult time for everyone at Ganley Automotive Group, we intend to continue serving our customers as we have for more than 40 years."

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