Cuyahoga County

Former TSA Agent Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison

September 24, 2013

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Dick Ambrose has sentenced Paul Magnuson of Cleveland to 25 years to life in prison. Magnuson, 45, was found guilty of two counts of Rape, one count of Gross Sexual Imposition and one count of Kidnapping.

In March 2012, Cleveland Police were notified that Magnuson had sexually molested his “Little Brother,” while serving as a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sisters program of Cleveland. Magnuson served as a mentor in the program from November 2009 until July 2011. During this time, the preteen victim spent considerable time at Magnuson’s residence, where the sexual assaults took place. The assaults ended when Magnuson relocated to Germany on assignment with the Transportation Security Administration.

Magnuson was arrested on October 24, 2012, when he returned to the United States to visit his mother. The jury returned a guilty verdict on September 20, 2013. A separate hearing was held on September 23, during which Judge Ambrose found Magnuson to be a Sexually Violent Predator. The judge then imposed sentence. In addition to prison, Magnuson is required to register as a Tier III sexual offender.

This case was investigated by the Cleveland Police Department and Homeland Security with the assistance of the Transportation Security Administration and Department of State.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Brett Kyker and Ryan Bokoch handled the prosecution.

In another case, James Biss Jr., 29, of Maple Heights, was sentenced to seven  years in prison by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Gall.

In January 2012, Biss posted a sexually suggestive online ad. Upon discovering the ad, a detective from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office began to chat with Biss, posing as the father of two fictitious daughters, ages 6 and 12. During these chats, Biss stated he was interested in engaging in sexual acts with the two girls. Biss also sent child pornography to the undercover detective. After tracking his Internet Provider address, a search warrant was executed at Biss’ residence by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Taskforce, at which time Biss was arrested.

On August 8, 2013, Biss plead guilty to Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor and Possessing Criminal Tools. By law, he is required to register as a Tier III sexual offender.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488. Or Leah D. Hackney, ICAC Community Outreach Specialist. Phone (216) 443-7815.   

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