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Cleveland police officer receives prison sentence for sex crimes involving minor

Posted: 12:38 PM, May 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-29 16:38:35Z

A Cleveland police officer who pleaded guilty last month to sex crimes involving a 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to spend the next two years in prison.

Maria Velez, 24, pleaded guilty to sexual battery, attempted tampering with evidence and intimidation of a crime victim or witness.

She was arrested last October after allegations arose she had engaged in sexual conduct with a student  while working as an instructional aide at Clark Elementary School in 2015. 

Velez was not a police officer at the time the incidents occurred. She has been working for the Cleveland Police Department since Dec. 14, 2015 — most recently assigned to the Fifth District on basic patrol. 

The incidents, which occurred on multiple occasions, took place between March and December of 2015, according to court records.