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Corrections officer arrested for alleged rape of Cuyahoga County Jail inmate

The officer is currently being held in the same jail on a $100,000 bond.
Credit: Cuyahoga County

CLEVELAND — A Cuyahoga County corrections officer has been arrested for a reported sexual assault that took place at the county jail, Sheriff Paul Viland confirmed Tuesday.

Officer Andre Julius Bacsa is charged with one count each of rape and kidnapping, with the alleged crimes taking place back on June 17 against an unnamed inmate. The 34-year-old is currently being held at the same jail on a $100,000 bond.

"The care and protection of our jail detainees is of paramount concern," Viland said in a statement. "It is never acceptable to violate people's rights as an employee of the Sheriff's Department, and we continue with our pledge to proactively ensure that our staff serves at a high standard and is held strictly accountable."

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Bacsa, who was hired in March of 2019, has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of both the criminal and departmental investigations. Viland adds that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is still considering additional charges against Bacsa.

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