A former Berlin Heights man faces about 30 years in prison on recent sex-related convictions involving three juveniles.
Jeffrey N. Clyde, 39, now of Huron, was convicted of sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, corrupting another with drugs and disseminating material harmful to juveniles. Erie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said Clyde had a sexual relationship with a female relative.
"This case started years and years ago in Huron County. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the original complaint," Oliver said. "When it started, she (the victim) was 3 years old. That was when the original rape complaint came in."
Clyde's bench trial before Erie County Common Pleas Judge Tygh Tone started Aug. 26, according to court records. The trial lasted several weeks.
The defendant was convicted Friday. Oliver said Clyde was acquitted of multiple rape charges involving the same girl, but was found guilty of compelling prostitution and attempted pandering obscenity involving minors. The victims were a boy and a girl who were about 16 or 17.
"He asked them to participate in a pornographic film. He offered them money to do so," Oliver said.
The Berlin Heights Police Department investigated one of the rape allegations.
"We assisted the Berlin Heights Police Department. We took over the investigation at their request," Oliver said.
An Erie County grand jury indicted Clyde in late August 2011 on an eight-count indictment, according to court records.
Clyde will be classified a Tier III sex offender, which will require him to register his address for the rest of his life.
After the trial ended, the judge revoked Clyde's bond. That means he will remain in the Erie County Jail until he is sentenced Sept. 20.
Erie County Assistant Prosecutor Jeanne Lippert, who represented the state, couldn't be reached for comment Monday.