Among other things, the girlfriend told police that on Thanksgiving Day, Zaiter, 39, of Cleveland, stabbed her cat with a samurai sword.
CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard J. McMonagle sentenced sex offender Amauris Zaiter to 28 and a half years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced Tuesday.
On Dec. 16, Zaiter's live-in girlfriend went to Cleveland Police Department's 2nd District headquarters to make a domestic violence report.
The girlfriend told police that on Thanksgiving Day, Zaiter, 39, of Cleveland, stabbed her cat with a samurai sword.
When she confronted Zaiter about the incident, Zaiter threw her to the floor, kicked her in the head, and then struck her across the back with a metal folding chair.
While speaking with officers, the girlfriend also mentioned that during the summer of 2013, she observed Zaiter viewing suspected child pornography on his computer. She later accessed Zaiter's pornography collection and discovered voyeuristic videos produced by Zaiter along with child pornography files.
Based on the information provided, a search warrant was obtained and electronic storage devices belonging to Zaiter were seized.
Forensic examination revealed hundreds of child pornography files, including a self-produced file depicting Zaiter engaging in sexual activity with a child.
On July 15, Zaiter entered a plea of guilty to one count of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition, one count of kidnapping, 26 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, 61 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, one count of cruelty to animals one count of domestic violence and one count of possessing criminal tools.
In addition to his prison sentence, Zaiter will be required to register as a Tier III sex offender.
This case was investigated by the Cleveland Police Department with assistance from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Brett M. Kyker, Assistant County Prosecutor and Director of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Assistant County Prosecutor Holly Welsh prosecuted this case for the State of Ohio.