A Solano County Superior Court judge dismissed charges earlier this week against a former county jail corrections officer that alleged the former officer performed sexual assault against a minor.Judge Michael Mattice approved a request Monday by Deputy District Attorney Courtney Anderson to dismiss oral copulation and sexual penetration charges against Chad Cleveland, defense attorney Daniel Russo said this afternoon.Anderson said the prosecution was having trouble providing a key witness, Russo said. Anderson was unavailable for comment this afternoon.Cleveland, 42, a 17-year corrections officer veteran, was charged
with the offenses against the 16-year-old girl at his Vacaville home and at a motel in 2006, Russo said. He was held to answer to the charges and was scheduled to go to trial this week, Russo said.Cleveland was at the motel studying for an exam in June 2006 when the alleged victim, Cleveland’s neighbor, and two twin girls came by and asked to swim in the pool, Russo said. The victim claimed she spent the night there and had sex with Cleveland but the two twins said the incident never happened because everyone left the motel when Cleveland returned home that same day.”They (the twins) walked home with her (the alleged victim),” Russo said. “All three girls were babysitters for Cleveland and his wife who have triplets,” Russo said.The second incident allegedly happened in Cleveland’s bedroom while a nanny was present, Russo said. The nanny told the defense she was there but the alleged victim never went into Cleveland’s bedroom, Russo said. Russo said it took one year to locate the nanny who was to testify for the defense.Russo said the witness that the prosecution could not provide was a man who allegedly overheard a conversation about Cleveland having sex with the girl.Russo said he was pleased the district attorney’s office moved to dismiss the charges, but Cleveland and his wife, who is a teacher, lost their jobs and now live in Shasta County.”It’s too little, too late,” Russo said. Cleveland is considering filing a civil suit, he said.
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