Cleveland mayor’s aide pleads not responsible to rape, sexual abuse expenses

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – A judge on Friday ordered an aide to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who brought a $ 100,000 charge during his trial. He was accused of sexually abusing a woman for two years, starting when she was 17.

Alexander Lackey, 35, is charged with rape, sexual violence and domestic violence. He must wear an ankle monitor and be out of touch with the woman, who is now 19, when he deposits a bond, ordered Dick Ambrose, a judge at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Isabella Almaro told Ambrose that Lackey cared for the woman when she was underage with a view to later sexually exploiting her, and the state viewed him as a flight risk because he had “ties to Mexican consulates.”

Lackey’s attorney, Henry Hilow, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Lackey’s behalf.

Lackey appeared on a video feed from the Cuyahoga County Jail where he has been held since reporting to Sheriff’s MPs at the Justice Center on Wednesday.

Hilow pointed out that Lackey went to the authorities when he asked for a low bond and a provision that would allow Lackey to be released if he could take 10 percent of the amount on trial. Lackey would have fled if he had been a flight risk, Hilow said.

Ambrose denied Hilow’s request for a 10 percent provision, which means that Lackey will have to deposit the full $ 100,000 bonds in cash, bond, or property. Ambrose also said the GPS ankle monitor should allay state concerns about Lackey as a flight risk.

The case has been transferred to Judge Kelly Anne Gallagher.

Lackey, a special assistant to Jackson, is currently on paid vacation from his job as the city’s government and international affairs manager valued at $ 67,000 a year, the city said this week.

The prosecution accuses Lackey of sexually abusing the woman from October 2018 to January 2019 at his home on Broxton Avenue in Cleveland’s Kamm neighborhood.

Prosecutors have released few details about the abuse. The investigation began after a January 6 report of domestic violence at Lackey’s home.

According to police reports, Lackey and the then 19-year-old police woman have made conflicting claims against each other.

The woman told Cleveland Police that Lackey slammed a door, stepped on her bare feet, dragged her around the house, sprayed her with air freshener, and poured water on her after they argued. She also told police that Lackey told her she would have to leave the country if she called the police because her immigration papers were “expired” and that he could have killed her if he had a gun in the house, the report said .

Lackey told police that the woman attacked him by punching and kicking him multiple times, the report said.

Lackey was originally charged with domestic violence, unlawful restraint, and heightened threats in the Jan. 6 incident. Detectives investigating the incident exposed the sexual abuse, said Tyler Sinclair, spokesman for Cuyahoga County District Attorney Michael O’Malley.

City prosecutors filed charges of misdemeanor against Lackey in Cleveland Municipal Court, but dismissed them the day after a grand jury secretly indicted him.

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