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Ohio doctor, 79, charged with molesting children

AURORA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a 79-year-old northeast Ohio physician is accused of molesting children since the late 1990s.

Dr. Mark Shaffer Jr., of Aurora, is being held with a $100,000 bond following his arraignment in Portage County earlier this week. He was indicted Friday on two dozen related changes, including rape and gross sexual imposition.

Aurora police said the investigation of Shaffer began when the U.S. Postal Inspection Service discovered child pornography being mailed to his home. More was discovered during a search Nov. 28.

Aurora Chief Seth Riewaldt said Shaffer told officers that "for several years he had engaged in sexual activity with numerous children."

Shaffer has been fired from his job at the University Hospitals medical office. Attorney information was not available.

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