Sword-wielding sex offender sentenced to 28 years in prison

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CLEVELAND -- A sword-wielding, violent predator, accused of inflicting unthinkable acts of cruelty on adults, children and pets, was sentenced Tuesday.

Amauris Zaiter, 39, of Cleveland was sentenced to 28 and ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to more than 80 charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Before being arrested, prosecutors said Zaiter lived near a school on Montclair Ave. in Cleveland with his girlfriend.

According to Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and Director of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Brett Kyker, the girlfriend reported Zaiter to police after a series of disturbing offenses.

Kyker said it started when the woman caught Zaiter with images that looked like child pornography.

Investigators later uncovered “thousands upon thousands” of images and videos on his computer and hard drives.

In one of the videos, detectives also discovered Zaiter himself abusing a child, who was known to him.  “The child was approximately 5 years old,” said Kyker.

Zaiter also used one of his thirteen samurai swords to slash his girlfriend’s cat.

The animal was found hiding in a closet, badly bleeding.

Asst. Prosecutor Kyker said the girlfriend confronted Zaiter and he then attacked her.  “He throws her to the ground, actually picks up a metal folding chair and hits her twice across the back,” said Kyker.

In July 2014, Zaiter pleaded guilty to one count of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition, one count of kidnapping, 26 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, 61 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance, one count of cruelty to animals, one count of domestic violence, and one count of possessing criminal tools.

In addition to his prison sentence, Zaiter will have to register as a tier 3 sex offender upon his release and will have to register with authorities every 90 days for life.

“It’s good to know this guy is off the street,” said Asst. Prosecutor Kyker. “He certainly has violent tendencies and a sexual interest in children. You put those two together and it makes for a deadly combination… very dangerous.”