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Wakeman cop guilty of public indecency

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 11:58 AM

WAKEMAN - A Wakeman reserve police officer, who also is a Strongsville youth football coach, will be sentenced Nov. 7 in Berea Municipal Court for two counts of public indecency.

Deusenberry is accused of being engaged in an undisclosed sexual activity in a Cleveland Metroparks bathroom with members of the same sex, prosecutors said in local reports.

On Sept. 26, Daniel J. Deusenberry, 26, of Strongsville, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of the two charges stemming from incidents on March 30 and June 25. Court records show Metro Park Police Lt. Mark Carney filed both citations July 25 against Deusenberry, who is married with children.

Former Wakeman Police Chief Don Newbill hired the Strongsville resident as a reserve officer Feb. 11, 2000.

Sgt. Josh Milchen said Deusenberry was placed on unpaid "administrative leave pending resignation" as of July 24. He noted that being a reserve officer means it's a volunteer position.

"(There is) nothing in his file as far as any write-ups," Milchen said.

Current Chief Tim Hunker and Wakeman Law Director Randy Strickler were unavailable for comment this morning.

"If he doesn't resign, my recommendation is termination," Hunker told Channel 3 News.

Channel 3 tried to talk with Deusenberry at his Strongsville home. He declined an on-camera interview, but said he's now getting help for what he calls "deviant sexual behavior."

Mark Hopkins, a parent and the commissioner of the youth football league where Deusenberry coached, didn't know about the man's crime when he suspended him three weeks ago. The coach had failed to get a background check required of all coaches in that league.

"I'll change some things. I won't be as nice of a guy to volunteers, said Hopkins. "I'll make sure they're done sooner than three weeks ago and required before they step on the field."

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