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Ex-Wakeman cop sentenced

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM

BEREA - A former Wakeman reserve police officer faces a 30-day suspended jail sentence if he violates his probation for two counts of public indecency.

Daniel J. Deusenberry, 26, of Strongsville, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $150 on each charge Wednesday morning in Berea Municipal Court. Judge Mark Comstock ruled the defendant could serve a five-day sentence in the Strongsville Police Department jail or do 50 hours of community service, said a probation officer who declined to be identified.

"We usually give them 90 days to complete everything. Most people do take the community service (option)," the female officer said.

On July 25, Lt. Mark Carney of the Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department filed two citations of public indecency against Deusenberry, stemming from incidents on March 15 and 30, June 25 and July 23. Carney was unavailable for comment this morning.

Court records further show Deusenberry pleaded no contest Sept. 26 in Berea Municipal Court. He was found guilty of committing sexual activities with members of the same sex in a Cleveland Metroparks bathroom in Strongsville.

During Wednesday's hearing, Comstock prohibited Deusenberry from entering any Metroparks premises for three years, the probation officer said.

Deusenberry voluntarily resigned from the Wakeman Police Department last week, Chief Tim Hunker said. Late last month, Hunker told Channel 3 News he would recommend "termination" if the officer didn't resign.

Deusenberry, also a Strongsville youth football coach, had been placed on "administrative leave pending resignation" as of July 24.

Former Chief Don Newbill hired Deusenberry to be a reserve officer, a volunteer position, Feb. 11, 2000. The Strongsville man is married with children.

When Channel 3 tried to talk with Deusenberry at his home in late October, he declined an on-camera interview, but said he was getting help for "deviant sexual behavior." There was no published telephone number for Deusenberry.

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