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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland police officer accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old student while she was his teacher's aide at an elementary school made her first appearance on Friday.

Patrol Officer Maria Velez, who is charged with third-degree felony sexual battery, was stoic throughout the short hearing.

Cleveland Municipal Judge Michelle Earley set her bond at $10,000 and ordered her have not contact with the victim in the case.

Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Murphy asked the judge for the no-contact order because Velez is accused of contacting the boy after she learned of the investigation and asked him to lie to detectives.

Defense attorney Daniel Misiewicz unsuccessfully argued for a personal bond, citing her lifelong status as a Cleveland resident, her job as a Cleveland police officer and her education. The case was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury that will decide how the case will proceed.

Velez was suspended without pay from the police department following her arrest on Thursday. She was assigned to the city's Fifth District.

She worked as an instructional aide at Clark Elementary School when she had sex with multiple times with the boy between March and December 2015, according to court records

Velez resigned from her $31,000-per-year post at the school after she was hired Dec. 11, 2015 as a patrol officer, according to her school district personnel file.

Velez was hired at Clark Elementary in October 2014, shortly after graduating from John Carroll University in 2014 with a degree in psychology and a minor in Spanish, according to her school district personnel file. She graduated from John Hay Early College High School in 2010.

Maria Velez, Cleveland.com 7 Comments [4/7/2018 6:35:45 AM]
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'she was his teacher's aide'. Nobody proofread this.
I can imagine there's going to be a lot of 'oh what a lucky boy' type comments. Women have been infantilized as harmless lesser beings who can't harm males, and slowly the morons are figuring it out.

4/7/2018 11:28:41 AM


This is a sexual abuse story but it is not worth posting. What she did is horrible but there is no real story that fits what normally gets posted here. If we had an incel or a Radfem saying what she did was justified that would be another matter. If the news story included her saying what she did was fine then that would also fit. But right now this is a newspaper about a horrible person with no reason to put them here.

4/7/2018 3:43:38 PM


@Yesman: I agree. There's not even an indirect quote in there.

4/8/2018 4:19:03 AM

Not sexist.

4/8/2018 8:23:48 AM

Doubting Thomas

If this had been a male adult having sex with an underage girl, there'd be calls for his head on a platter. But when it's a male student and adult female, we tend to think, "What a lucky kid."

4/10/2018 6:45:39 AM

The Reptilian Jew

@Yesman, SomeApe, #2146104
I think the fact she got off so easy for having sex with a 13 year old boy is picture perfect sexism. A man would've been ruined over this, and rightfully so.
It's a combination of women's infantilization and the depiction of men as sex-obsessed perverts that allow pedophile rapists like this one to get off nearly scot-free. I agree that Velez is not a sexist, "just" a reprehensible pedo. But the court is definitely sexist.

4/13/2018 12:46:31 AM


She did not have sex with the boy, she raped him. Why is that so hard for reporters to type?

4/17/2018 7:42:02 AM

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