The move is described as an unprecedented action by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

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CLEVELAND -- Prosecutors have filed 437 charges against 43 juveniles for their participation in gang-related crimes while being housed in the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center.

The move is described as an unprecedented action by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

On June 10, prosecutors submitted the 437-count complaint against 43 members of the Heartless Felons. The gang was started by juvenile offenders from Cuyahoga County in 2000.

"We began six months ago because after a decade of increasing and unchecked violence in the Detention Center, enough, was enough," said First Assistant County Prosecutor Duane Deskins, who is also chief of the Juvenile Division.

The complaint includes charges of participating in a criminal gang and racketeering as well as robbery, extortion, assault, theft, kidnapping, menacing, intimidation and vandalism.

All 43 defendants are now in custody.

Prosecutors intend to ask the Juvenile Court to bind over all 43 defendants to be tried as adults in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

"It is time to get the Heartless Felons out of the Detention Center so that young people who might benefit from a structured, safe environment have a chance to set their lives on a better path," said Deskins.

This complaint is the result of a six-month investigation by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office into violence at the Juvenile Detention Center. The complex complaint was drafted by a team of prosecutors from the Juvenile and Criminal divisions.

"If we stand together, the gangs will soon know that we are too big and too great to fail," Deskins said.

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