Cuyahoga County Jail officer accused of sexually assaulting 3 inmates in 17 days

CLEVELAND, Ohio— A Cuyahoga County Jail officer is accused of sexually assaulting three inmates in 17 days.

Andre Bacsa, 34, is charged with three counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition. Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies arrested him on Tuesday.

Bacsa is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $100,000 bond. Sheriff Paul Viland said in a statement that he is working to send Bacsa to a jail in another county. Cuyahoga County placed him on paid leave after his arrest.

“The care and protection of our jail detainees is of paramount concern,” Viland said. “It is never acceptable to violate people’s rights as an employee of the Sheriff’s Department, and we continue with our pledge to proactively ensure that our staff serves at a high standard and is held strictly accountable.”

Bacsa is accused of sexually assaulting at least three inmates, according to court records. The assaults all happened from June 1 to June 17, the records say.

Viland’s statement said a Cuyahoga County grand jury would likely bring additional charges against Bacsa.

In one incident, Bacsa walked into an inmate’s cell and performed oral sex on him while using force, court records say.

The county hired Bacsa as a corrections officer on March 18, 2019.

Adam Chaloupka, an attorney for the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association union that represents jail officers, said the union will determine whether or not it will represent Bacsa in the criminal case. He declined further comment.

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