CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office has dropped all criminal charges against former Republican Congressional candidate and prominent car dealer Tom Ganley, since the alleged victim will not go forward with the trial.
The motion to dismiss the case was filed Friday in Cuyahoga County.
Ganley, 68, of Brecksville, was facing charges of kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, abduction, soliciting and menacing by stalking. A 37-year-old woman who offered to volunteer for his campaign alleged that Ganley groped and solicited sex from her.
Ganley was indicted on the charges on March 15.
"After further investigating the case of State v Ganley and consulting with the victim, this office made a determination to dismiss the case. This decision represents the desire of the victim not to go forward to trial. A motion was filed today with the court to enter a dismissal of the case without prejudice," said Assistant County Prosecutor Blaise Thomas.
Ganley has maintained his innocence and said that the accusations are being made for political or financial gain.
Ganley released this statement on Friday:
"This episode has put an enormous strain on my family and on me. We are emotionally drained, but grateful beyond words that the authorities were able to see I didn't do the awful things that were leveled against me. I want to thank everyone who stood beside me during this ordeal, who believed in me and my character, and gave me strength even when prospects looked grim. I especially appreciate the unwavering support my wife provided throughout the last few months. I could not have survived without her by my side. I also want to thank all of the employees of the Ganley dealerships for staying focused on our customers during this difficult time.
"Starting today, I am going to try and rebuild my life, but I will do it with the sobering recognition of how quickly an unfounded allegation can completely destroy a lifetime of good work."