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Cleveland police officer pleads guilty to sex crimes against 13-year-old boy

Posted at 4:56 PM, Apr 12, 2018

A Cleveland police officer has pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes charges against a 13-year-old boy.

According to court documents, 24-year-old Maria Velez was charged with three counts of sexual battery, two counts of attempted tampering with evidence and two counts of intimidation of a crime victim or witness.

Velez was arrested in October 2017 after allegations arose that she engaged in sexual conduct with a student at Clark Elementary School, where she was working as an instructional aide at the time.

Velez remains suspended from the Cleveland Police Department without pay. A determination of her future at the department will come following her sentencing, according to Cleveland police.