Sex offender found guilty
With Parker case pending, jury convicts 20-year-old
A registered sex offender arrested for assaulting two boys in the locker room of the Parker Recreation Center in November 2012 has been found guilty in a separate sex assault case.
The crimes, involving an 8-year-old boy from Arapahoe County, were brought to the attention of authorities after Corrin Cleveland, 20, was arrested for the alleged incident in Parker. He is facing separate charges in Douglas County for that incident.
After a five-day trial at the Arapahoe County Justice Center, Cleveland was found guilty Dec. 16 of three counts of sexual assault on a child as part of a pattern of abuse. Prosecutors said Cleveland was living with his aunt when he befriended the victim, who lived nearby. The boy reported being sexually assaulted on at least five occasions, including one that involved being bound with rope and tape.
The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office secured a conviction from the 12-person jury, despite a lack of DNA evidence or a confession. The victim “bravely testified” for more than three hours, which chief deputy district attorney Leora Joseph believes convinced the jurors of Cleveland’s guilt. A statement from the DA’s office characterized his testimony as “detailed and credible.”
Cleveland, who now faces eight years to life in prison, is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. March 6 in front of Arapahoe County District Court Judge Elizabeth Volz.
Arthur Perlman, Cleveland’s attorney, suggested during the trial that a special victims’ expert who first interviewed the victim asked leading questions and used anatomical drawings that he says increase the risk of erroneous claims.
Officials with the DA’s office said Cleveland used “innocent childhood games” to perpetrate the abuse from May 2011 through August 2012.
Roger Landeis, lead investigator for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, testified that the victim didn’t tell anyone about the sexual abuse because “he didn’t want to get in trouble.” He acknowledged the crimes after being asked by his parents about his contact with Cleveland. Landeis said he received the report Nov. 7, 2012, one day after Cleveland was arrested for the alleged crime in Parker.
In the recreation center incident, the boys ran to the front desk and reported that Cleveland had touched one of them in the locker room while committing a lewd act on himself. A rec center employee wrote down Cleveland’s license plate number when he left the parking lot, a move that investigators say was crucial in his arrest.
Cleveland was already on probation for a third offense that led to his classification as a registered sex offender in Arapahoe County.