Police officer sentenced for sexual battery

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former Lakewood police officer who had sex with a woman in the back of his patrol car was sentenced to 30 days in jail for sexual battery.
Jeffrey Krausher, 33, a seven-year police veteran in the traffic division, resigned in January and pleaded guilty in May to the sexual attack Dec. 24.
"Every Christmas Eve I will always remember this," the victim, a 34-year-old Parma woman, told Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian Corrigan. "I kept telling him over and over no. He wouldn't listen."
The woman said she thought she was being arrested, though she didn't know why. Instead, Krausher (pictured, above) demanded sex, threatening that "it would be worse" if she didn't comply.
Tuesday, he apologized to the victim, the Lakewood police, and his wife, who sobbed behind him during the sentencing hearing.
His lawyer, Niki Schwartz, said Krausher would gladly serve a year in prison if he could remain a police officer.
"This is not a rogue cop," Schwartz said.
Prosecutors had hoped Krausher would get a harsher sentence, but Corrigan said he didn't believe that Krausher was a public threat.
Corrigan also sentenced Krausher to 60 days in a work-release program during which he will be confined except when he goes to work, six months of house arrest, and five years of probation.
Krausher also must register as a sexual offender.
"Thirty days' incarceration is embarrassing," said Mark Abood, a lawyer for the victim. "He used that authority and used that privilege to violate someone."
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