Ohio Parole Officer Keith Cooper Accused of Sexually Assaulting Multiple Parolees
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation parole officer Keith Cooper has been charged with multiple sex crimes for allegedly sexually assaulting at least three female parolees under his supervision.
The 50-year-old P.O. was arraigned on Monday, July 22 for rape, gross sexual imposition, and sexual battery.
Court documents say that the incidents happened in 2017 and involved three different female parolees. The allegations were investigated by Streetsboro police, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office, and Newton Falls police. The authorities say that Cooper exploited his authority as a parole officer in order to have sexual contact with his parolees.
Cooper was assigned to the Portage County and Trumbull County area. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this criminal investigation.
Anyone with information on Cooper or who believes they may have been a victim has been asked to contact the police.
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Legal Rights For Victims of Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement Officers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents victims of sexual assault in civil cases. Here are a few of Brian’s thoughts on the legal options available to victims of sexual assault by parole officers and other law enforcement officials:
Law enforcement officials have a great deal of authority, so it’s extremely important that these individuals are trustworthy people. But sadly, sexual predators are often found in such positions of authority. While most law enforcement officers may be honorable people, there are a handful who abuse their authority in order to commit heinous crimes against the people under their supervision.
When a probation of parole officer is accused of sexually assaulting the people they’ve been assigned to supervise, that officer must be investigated. Additionally, their victims deserve answers, support, and justice. In some cases, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the officer’s employer for negligence.
For example, a department of corrections might be considered negligent if they had received previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving the officer but failed to act on those complaints.
If you’re a victim of sexual assault by a parole officer, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting an experienced sexual assault victims attorney.
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