Sex offender sentenced to 14 years for sex assault
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Corrin Elijah Cleveland, a registered sex offender who was convicted in December of three counts of sex assault, was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison Thursday.
Cleveland, 20, is a registered sex offender with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
The crimes happened from May 2011 to August 2012 in an unincorporated Arapahoe County neighborhood. Officials say Cleveland had access to the victim when he visited a relative who lived near the victim. The relative’s child was a friend of the victim.
Officials praised the victim, who testified in front of the jury.
“If not for the bravery of this young child, the defendant would not have been brought to justice,” prosecutor and Special Victims Unit Chief Leora Joseph said. “The child’s sincerity and honesty allowed the jury to convict a predator and as a result, he will be kept out of our communities.”
Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler added: “Cleveland is a pervert and bully who has scarred an innocent youth with traumatic memories that will be difficult to forget. While only a child, the victim has more bravery and character than Cleveland could ever hope for. Our children are safer with this miscreant locked away from the public.”