Cuyahoga County

Jury Trial Results in Paul Croce Being Found Guilty

July 1, 2013

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that Paul Croce was found guilty by a jury on all ten indicted charges including: two counts of Aggravated Burglary, two counts of Kidnapping with Sexual Motivation Specifications, three counts of Rape with Sexual Motivation Specifications, one count of Felonious Assault, and two counts of Aggravated Robbery. Judge Brendan Sheehan has scheduled a sexual violent predator hearing for July 23, 2013. Sentencing has been scheduled directly after this hearing. 

On July 19, 2006, Paul Croce, 47, of Cleveland, entered the residence of a then 67-year-old female who was sleeping at approximately 3:00 am. Croce broke into the residence through a bedroom window. He placed a blanket over the victims face and sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. He then punched the victim, stole $2.00 and fled the scene thorough the front door. A CODIS hit from evidence left at the crime scene matched that of Paul Croce. On April 8, 2013, Croce was arrested by Cleveland Police on a warrant that had been issued.

Assistant County Prosecutor Brian McDonough prosecuted this case.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communication and Public Policy or Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, Phone: (216) 698-2819      

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