CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland school district security guard pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault charges on Monday.
Derrick Dugger, 30, pleaded guilty to sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and importuning charges. Prosecutors agreed to drop rape charges and several specifications that would have labeled Dugger a sexually violent predator and could have put him in prison for decades.
Dugger now faces a sentence of up to 7 1/2 years in prison.
Common Pleas Court Judge Brian J. Corrigan is set to sentence Dugger on July 11.
Dugger was placed on unpaid leave from his position as a security guard at Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s East Tech High School after his November arrest.
A Cleveland police sex crimes detective wrote in court filings that several other students have reported sexual assaults to the school district and that it’s “anticipated” that more will come forward, according to court records.
In one case, he forced a 15-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him, court records say. The assaults all happened away from the school, court records say.
Dugger also sent several inappropriate messages to the students via social media, including photos of his genitals.
Court records also note Dugger is licensed to carry a gun as a security guard, that he tracks the girls both on social media and in real life and “is a danger to these young ladies.”
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