Former Teenage Republicans chairman convicted in 2006 sex case indicted on new rape charges

The convicted sex offender, who was charged with raping a woman in a Cleveland hotel more than a decade ago, is now accused of raping a woman in Euclid.

Former Teenage Republicans chairman convicted in 2006 sex case indicted on new rape charges

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A convicted sex offender and former attorney, who once led the National Teenage Republicans and Michigan Federation of Young Republicans organizations, is accused of raping a woman last summer in Euclid.

Michael Flory, 44, has been indicted on two counts of rape following two alleged incidents in August 2018. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A trial date has been set for April 29.

Flory, who now lives in Bay Village, is currently registered as a sex offender in Cuyahoga County.

Michael Flory (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Flory (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office)

Cleveland 19′s attempts to reach Flory for comment at his Westlake business were unsuccessful.

In a phone conversation Monday, his attorney, Henry Hilow, said the woman accusing Flory of rape is a former girlfriend.

“She’s not a victim," said attorney Henry Hilow, who also represented Flory when he was accused of rape more than a decade ago. "It’s just sad that people use the judicial system for whatever ulterior motive other than justice.”

Hilow said Flory and the woman were in a relationship for “an extended period of time" and after Flory broke off their relationship, the woman accused him of raping her on two separate occasions.

“He paid his price for what he did in the past, but this case has nothing to do with that,” said Hilow.

In 2007, Flory pleaded guilty to sexual battery and was sentenced to five years in prison following a sexual assault at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cleveland.

A 21-year-old woman attending the National Federation of Young Republicans annual convention in July 2006 said Flory raped her in her hotel room while she was unconscious.

Flory was a 32-year-old attorney from Michigan at the time of the incident.

The victim told investigators that she was with Flory, and several other Young Republicans members at a bar in the Warehouse District, when she had too much to drink and wanted to leave. She said Flory volunteered to escort her back to her hotel and when they got to her room, she claimed that he raped her.

“During this time, Mr. Flory used fear tactics, intimidation, verbal abuse and mental terrorism to gain power over me," the tearful victim said in court in 2007. “He also inflicted physical pain.”

Michael Flory 2007 sentencing

Flory was charged with 11 counts of rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, two counts of gross sexual imposition, aggravated burglary and intimidation of a crime victim.

Flory initially pleaded not guilty and the case went to trial, but during jury selection he reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

“As lawyers, we are taught to live our lives by a higher standard,” Flory said while addressing the court. “We are taught to hold ourselves out as pillars of the community and I have failed miserably in that regard.”

Court records show Flory was also arrested in Euclid in 2017 and charged with assault and domestic violence. The charges were dropped after the female victim failed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Michael Flory, then-Chairman of the National Teenage Republicans, speaking at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, TX (Source: CSPAN)
Michael Flory, then-Chairman of the National Teenage Republicans, speaking at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, TX (Source: CSPAN)

Prior to his 2007 conviction, Flory practiced law in Michigan.

Flory was also once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, having served as both the chairman of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans and the National Teenage Republicans.

In 1992, at the age of 18, Flory spoke at the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas.

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