Ohio parole officer charged with raping female parolee

Keith Cooper (Photo courtesy: Portage County Sheriff's Office)

STREETSBORO, Ohio– A parole officer with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation is facing multiple charges related to sexual assaults.

Keith Cooper, 50, of Kent, was arraigned on Monday for rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery.

The incidents happened in 2017 and involved three different women, according to court documents. Streetsboro police, who investigated the case along with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and Newton Falls police, said Cooper misused his authority as a parole officer in having sexual contact with his parolees.

A spokeswoman for the ODRC said Cooper is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. He was assigned to the Portage County and Trumbull County region.

Investigators said anyone information on Cooper or may have been a victim should contact police.

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