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Man sentenced to 20 years in prison

Courtney Astolfi • Dec 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

A former Berlin Heights man was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, after an Erie County judge found him guilty in early September of a myriad of sex crimes.

Jeffrey Clyde, 39, was found guilty of three counts of sexual battery, two counts of attempted pandering obscenity involving a minor and compelling prostitution and one count each of sexual battery imposition, corrupting another with drugs and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

Social workers first tipped off Berlin Heights police in February 2011 about their suspicions of Clyde. During an interview later that month with Clyde’s victim—an underage, teenaged girl — they learned Clyde raped her at least 10 times over a period of several years.

The girl said Clyde pressured her to engage in other various sex acts during that time as well.

She also told investigators she had presented her allegations to authorities twice before then, but each time they came up empty-handed.

At Clyde’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning, the victim testified for almost 90 minutes about the crimes and their impact on her life, officials said.

Clyde’s original 17 charges were handed down by an Erie County grand jury in August 2011. At the conclusion of his bench trial on Sept. 10, Erie County Common Pleas Court Jdge Tygh Tone found Clyde not guilty on seven of those charges — four counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition.

Clyde spent Tuesday night at the Erie County jail and will be transferred to prison later this week.

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