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Special assistant to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson charged with 5 counts of rape

Alexander Lackey, international affairs coordinator for the city, was secretly indicted as prosecutors worried about flight risk.
Credit: 3News

CLEVELAND — A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury last month indicted Alexander Lackey, 35, on five counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery and one count of domestic violence, according to court records.

Cleveland City Hall hired Lackey in December 2014 as a special assistant to the mayor, according to 2019 city payroll records. His annual salary is $64,500, the records show.

Tyler Sinclair, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, provided a statement to 3News about the charges against Lackey.  

“On January 6, 2021, officers with the Cleveland Division of Police (CPD) responded to a report of domestic violence between Alexander Lackey, 35, and the victim, 19, at his residence on Broxton Avenue near West 144th Street in Cleveland. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment. A subsequent investigation conducted by CPD’s Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit revealed that Lackey sexually assaulted the victim multiple times at his residence between October 2018 and December 2020. A Cuyahoga County grand jury returned an indictment charging him with the following: five counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery, one count of domestic violence. A warrant has been issued for Lackey’s arrest. Due to the defendant’s current position as an international affairs coordinator for the City of Cleveland, which we believe requires global travel, there was a concern that he posed a flight risk had he learned that he was indicted.”

Court records show Lackey will be arraigned on April 13. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

The City of Cleveland Wednesday afternoon released the following statement to 3News regarding the arrest and trial of the former city employee:

The City of Cleveland was made aware of felony charges against Government and International Affairs Manager Alex Lackey. On Monday, March 29, 2021, pursuant to Civil Service Rule 9.20 (B), Alex Lackey was relieved of duty with pay for allegations of misconduct until the pre-disciplinary hearing is held. A pre-disciplinary hearing has been rescheduled for the week of April 12.

 The City of Cleveland will maintain the confidentiality and privacy of all City employees until due process is afforded and/or the matter is adjudicated.

All other inquiries on this matter should be referred to  Mr. Lackey’s attorney.

This will be updated with information from the city and from Lackey.

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