Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County probation officer, CMHA police officer indicted for abusing their positions

9/2/2015


Michael Williams, 46

Demetrius Jackson, 34
Cleveland — A court probation officer and a police officer, both already under indictment, now face additional charges of abusing their positions of authority, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty has announced.

The Grand Jury this week returned new indictments against Cuyahoga County probation officer Michael Williams, 46, of Bedford, and against Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority policeman Demetrius Jackson, 34, of Beachwood.

Williams was initially indicted in May on charges of Bribery and Tampering with records after he solicited a payment of $750 from a probationer under his supervision. In return for the money, Williams offered early release from probation. The target of this shakedown contacted the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and covertly recorded a meeting where marked bills were passed to Williams. Williams was subsequently arrested and cooperated with investigators.

The new indictment comes after the completion of the Sheriff’s investigation, which revealed that Williams exchanged favors for cash or food, or simply pocketed money the probationers gave him to apply towards their mandatory fines and costs. Through interviews with Williams and examination of Williams’ probation department case load, Sheriff’s detectives learned of corruption involving eight of Williams’ other probation clients. In at least one instance, investigators learned that Williams took cash from a probationer to falsify a report to the court indicating that the probationer had worked all of his required court community service, when in fact the probationer had worked no hours.

This superseding indictment charges Williams with six counts of Bribery, two counts of Tampering with Records, two counts of Obstructing Justice, one count of Tampering with Evidence and one count of Theft in Office.

Williams resigned from the probation department on June 30.

CMHA Police Officer Jackson has been charged with 14 counts of Unauthorized Use of Property and one count of Theft in Office.

The indictment accuses Officer Jackson using confidential law enforcement access to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation computer system (OHLEG) on 14 different occasions to look up personal information on individuals with whom Jackson was personally connected. Most of the people whose information Jackson accessed were women with whom he had had personal relationships, although one of the victims was the husband of a former girlfriend.

Jackson is also charged with one count of Theft in Office for using OHLEG computer access to conduct personal searches while on the clock as a CMHA Police Officer.

Jackson is already under indictment (CR 597546) for Aggravated Burglary, Menacing by Stalking, Kidnapping, & Obstructing Justice. That case is pending before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy McCormick.

Jackson has been on administrative leave without pay since his arrest on July 14.

Both Williams and Jackson are scheduled to be arraigned September 15.

Read Michael Williams' indictment.

Read Demetrius Jackson's indictment.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488; or Cell: 216-640-6186. Email: jfrolik@prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us