September 2, 2014

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Wakeman cop sentenced for sex in park bathroom

BEREA – A former part-time Wakeman police officer was sentenced Wednesday to serve either five days in jail or 50 hours of community service for having sex in a park bathroom.

Dan Deusenberry, 35, of Strongsville, pleaded no contest to two counts of public indecency in October after admitting to rangers in July that he had had sex with at least two men and masturbated at Strongsville`s Mill Stream Reservation four times in March, June and July, a Cleveland Metroparks report said.

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Former part-time Wakeman police officer Dan Deusenberry, 35, of Strongsville, was sentenced Wednesday in Berea Municipal Court.

A third count of public indecency was dismissed, according to court records.

Witnesses said they saw him wearing red G-string underwear and sticking his head out of bathroom stalls while performing the sex acts, the report said.

Deusenberry was placed on unpaid administrative leave from the Wakeman police department after admitting to the charges in July and resigned from his position sometime last week, according to Wakeman police Chief Tim Hunker.

Deusenberry will have to pay more than $800 in fines and court costs and is subject to three years` probation following the completion of jail time or community service.

Berea Municipal Court Judge Mark Comstock told Deusenberry to stay away from the Metroparks during his probation.

Deusenberry, who had been with the Wakeman police for about seven years, declined to comment after the sentencing.

A volunteer assistant coach with Strongsville Youth Football, Deusenberry was suspended from that position, but not because of his legal issues, according to football Commissioner Mark Hopkins.

Instead, Deusenberry failed to comply with league rules by refusing to have a background check done, he said.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.