Man convicted of raping Mason nursing home patient worked as nurse, deputy

A man convicted of raping a Mason nursing home patient also worked at other medical centers and previously as a Cuyahoga County deputy.

These details came out as Michael Schneider, 56, was designated a sexual predator and re-sentenced to six years in prison during a hearing on Friday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

“This is pretty much the classic profile of a sex offender,” Jennifer O’Donnell, a forensic psychologist, testified during the hearing.

Schneider, most recently of Clermont County, was originally sentenced in June to six years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of raping a non-verbal, bed-ridden woman in July 2000 at Cedar Village nursing home in Mason. He had to be re-sentenced because of a new sex offender law.

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Investigators were able to identify the 85-year-old victim — one of three Schneider told a girlfriend he raped while working at the nursing home — through medical records, Assistant Warren County Prosecutor John Arnold said during the June hearing.

Investigators were unable to identify the other two women Schneider said he raped.

The case was developed after Schneider’s girlfriend reported what he had told her to an FBI tipline.

On the day of his arrest, Schneider was scheduled to work at Riverside Healthcare in Harrison Twp., Montgomery County.

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During testimony Friday, the lawyers questioned O’Donnell and Mason Detective Logan Wells about allegations by the girlfriend that Schneider had also solicited sexual favors during traffic stops while working as a sheriff’s deputy in the Cleveland area.

Wells said he was unable to obtain any records of the investigation that led to Schneider leaving the sheriff’s department.

Schneider’s lawyer, Will Oswall Jr., emphasized the absence of much other evidence in the case involving the Mason victim .

O’Donnell said Schneider told her he worked as a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy for nine years and was fired after losing his gun, while out drinking with his partner.

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“He said he had to resign from that job,” O’Donnell said.

Schneider then attended nursing school and went to work at TriHealth in the hospital’s orthopedic and trauma units, according to his statements and records.

Records showed that, while working at the hospital, Schneider made “inappropriate sexual remarks” and mismanaged subordinates, O’Donnell said.

Schneider previously had two drunken-driving cases and a domestic violence charge reduced to disorderly conduct, according to testimony.

O’Donnell told Tepe that Schneider had a “high risk of criminally re-offending and probably sexually re-offending as well.”

Oswall noted Schneider’s honorable military discharge and urged Tepe to order the six-year prison sentence agreed upon with prosecutors.

Schneider declined to comment, but asked for a lawyer to be appointed to file an appeal.

As a sexual predator, Schneider is required to register with local authorities for the rest of his life after he leaves prison.

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