Rick Bell, Special Investigations Division Chief
Rick Bell is the Special Investigations Division Chief in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Rick was hired in 1990, and has been with the office for over 25 years, working in every unit of the Criminal Division, including Supervisor of the Major Trial Unit, General Felony Unit, and Community Based Prosecution Unit before being promoted to Criminal Investigations Division Chief.
Rick has extensive experience in reviewing police investigations, including Sexual Assaults and Internal Affairs, and regularly offers advice and direction to Detectives on how best to proceed with their case. Rick’s prominent cases include the prosecution of Nancy Marks, the Principal of an elementary school for the rape of a 12-year old student, prosecuting Steven Kidwell for murdering 12-year old Francine Lance for flashing the wrong gang signals, prosecuting Angela Garcia for the Aggravated Murder of her 2 and 3-year old girls by arson, directing the investigation of the Cleveland Diocesan Sexual Abuse scandal, the prosecution of the Case Western Reserve Shooter at the Peter B. Lewis Building, the successful investigation and prosecution of 7 Cold Case aggravated murder cases and 7 rapes dating as far back as 1968, and directing the CCPO DNA Task Force to investigate 4,000 untested rape kits left on property shelves of the Cleveland Police Department. In 1996 and 2005 Rick was awarded the Prosecutor of the Year Award for the State of Ohio.
Biographies for units under the Special Investigations Division:
Cold Case Unit/Sexual Assault Kit Task Force
Economic Crimes and Public Corruption Unit
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force