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Strongsville School Custodian Convicted of Sex Offense

School Board fires employee after he pleads guilty to two charges

A custodian at was fired by the Strongsville School Board Monday night after he was convicted of sexual imposition and assault involving a 13-year-old girl.

LaDon Perkins, 33, who lives in Rocky River, was also labeled a Tier 1 Sex Offender who will have to register with the sheriff's department annually for the next 15 years.

The school board voted unanimously Monday to terminate Perkins' employment.

Superintendent Jeff Lampert said he could not comment on the matter.

But Maria Russo, spokeswoman for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason, said Perkins was indicted in the fall for gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, involving a 13-year-old girl.

He pleaded guilty June 4 to reduced charges of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Rocky River Lt. Bill Crates said police started an investigation in October after they were notified of the sexual assault by Fairview Hospital.

Crates said the incident took place at Perkins' Rocky River apartment during a sleepover his daughter hosted.

During the sleepover, Perkins allowed the girls to drink liquor -- and drank with them, Crates said. After the 13-year-old victim became intoxicated, he fondled her, according to the indictment. 

"There was some contact made between them," Crates said.

Perkins has no previous criminal offenses, authorities said.

Strongsville schools reportedly suspended him without pay in April when officials learned of the charges pending against him.

On June 5, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab imposed a 180-day jail sentence, but suspended it and placed Perkins on probation for two years.

He will also have to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 25 hours of community service.

He will undergo random drug and alcohol tests and has been ordered to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week.

In addition, he will have to register every year as a sex offender for the next 15 years.

kenneth malady July 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Sorry Tom but not just union eyes - everyone is entitled to innocent until proven guilty. He was found guilty and fired the next meeting !!!! Maybe he should request his union dues back because they didn't help him keep his job - those damn fund-sucking unions hahahaha !!!! I heard he was in the Tea Party . . . . see . . . I can be just as absurd as everyone else !!!!!
Chris July 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I have children that attend Zellers. This guy worked at Zellers and is listed in their staff directory. (though maybe he helped at Chapman I don't know). The PD article said the School Board found out about the pending charges In April and "Strongsville Superintendent Jefferey Lampert said Perkins was suspended without pay in April, as soon as the board learned of the investigation.". This world has gotten crazy - You almost have to teach them to trust no one!
janet molly July 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I have recently attended zellers and i new this custodian by name... its pretty scary tht i would get high fives from a sex offender. Its horrible that they even let him come to zellers around 13 year old girls. We allways new something was weird about him.......
a worker July 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Is this another product of outsourcing? I know that Utica Community Schools in Michigan is having the same problems with their outsourced cleaning company. For eighty years the full time UCS custodians did a GREAT job. Now that Dr Christine Johns Hanes is running things... the district is going downhill fast. The UCS BOE should be ashamed of themselves. Dr Johns should be sent on her way to ruin another districr and the BOE should be replaced.
a worker August 09, 2012 at 06:38 PM
THERE YOU GO!!!! THIS PROVES MY POINT EXACTLY. THIS DIRT-BAG MUST HAVE HAD A BACKGROUND CHECK... RIGHT? THIS KIND OF LOW-LIFE PROVES THAT A BACKGROUND CHECK MEANS ONE THING AND ONE THING ONLY... A BACKGROUND CHECK SIMPLY MEANS THAT A PERSON HASN'T BEEN COUGHT YET. IT IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF CHILD SAFETY (LIKE THE UCS BOE AND SUPERINTENDENT WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE) A BACKGROUND CHECK MEANS THERE IS NO RECORD OF WRONG DOING/CONVICTION. HOW MANY PERVERTS ARE SNEEKING AROUND YOUR CHILDREN'S SCHOOLS? THEY GET HIRED IN BASED ON THE FACT THAT "THEY'VE BEEN BACKGROUND CHECKED SO THEY;RE SAFE" BIGGEST BUNCH OF BS EVER BESTOWED ON THE UCS PARENTS. GOOGLE ....GCA CUSTODIAL SEX CRIMES. GCA IS THE NAME OF UCS'S NEW CLEANING COMPANY THAT DR JOHNS HANES DECIDED SHOULD BE ALLOWED YOUR CHILDREN.

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