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Judge finds Akron man guilty of sexually assaulting teen with developmental disabilities

Posted at 2:51 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 14:51:32-04

AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man was found guilty on Tuesday of sexually assaulting a teenager who has developmental disabilities.

According to the Summit County Prosecutor's Office, Craig McClellan, 50, was found guilty of two counts of rape, five counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

The teen reported the incident in 2019, authorities said. During the investigation, police discovered photos and video of the teen on McClellan's phone, which showed that he raped her.

“I am so proud of the survivor for testifying against the person who did these horrific things to her. Despite her age and disability, she showed incredible strength and courage,” said prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

Authorities said that Avery, the Summit County Prosecutor's Office therapy dog, comforted the teen while she testified at trial. Avery is a 9-year-old Lab/retriever mix who provides emotional support to children who are victims of a crime.

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