CLEVELAND (WJW)– A former corrections officer was sentenced to prison time in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning.
Andre Bacsa, 35, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of sexual battery, one count of sexual imposition and one count of unlawful restraint. He received four years behind bars and must register as a tier III sex offender.
Court records said Basca, who worked in the Cuyahoga County Jail’s mental health unit, assaulted three men between June 1 and June 17, 2021.
“He is a predator. He preyed on victims who were already emotionally fragile. What he did to my son and the other victims was heinous,” one woman told the judge during the hearing.
Bacsa spoke in court, describing his relationship with the victims as friendly.
“They’re not your best friends. You lost your way. You are not there to have relationships with them. You are their keeper. You are there to protect them. You are there in a position of power and trust, in a uniform with a badge in an unlevel playing field,” said Judge Joan Synenberg.
Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor Gregory Mussman applauded the quick actions of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, which obtained DNA evidence in one of the assaults. Mussman said the victims asked for a prison sentence for Bacsa.
He was originally indicted on 13 counts, including rape and kidnapping.