Days after a 27-year-old man was sentenced for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, his 15-year-old victim and her family said they’re receiving conflicting information about her offender’s whereabouts.
According to court records, Ashraf Rizek of Fairview Park pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor on April 19.
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Investigators said Rizek posed as a 16-year-old on the dating application “Meet Me” where he started talking to a 15-year-old girl from Elyria and arranged to pick her up from her home on Sept. 2.
According to the victim, the pair had sexual relations at an Elyria hotel. It wasn’t until Elyria police began investigating that the victim and her family said they discovered that Rizek was actually 27.
Rizek was sentenced Wednesday to two years of community control. He’s required to register as a tier II sex offender every 180 days for the next 250 years and he’s required to pay a $360 fine.
Lorain County Court records provided to the victim last week stated that Rizek was living in Lakewood.
But the family was upset to find out that, according to the Cuyahoga County Sex Offender Registry, he’s actually living about 10 miles away in Fairview Park.
According to a county spokesperson, Rizek plans to move to Lakewood in the future and right now his registry is in compliance.
But Rizek’s father told News 5 he is not certain when that move will take place or whether it will take place for certain.
Rizek’s current neighbors said the confusion is upsetting.
“She should know where he lives because that way she won’t even go in this area or she knows to stay away from this area,” said Nadie Calloway.
While some states allow victims to sign up for automatic alerts when their sex offender moves, Ohio does not currently have a system in place.
Instead, residents can get alerts when a sex offender moved into their neighborhood. Victims can also receive notifications when their offender is released from jail.