Registered sex offender sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping woman at downtown Cleveland bus stop

Registered sex offender sentenced to 18 years for raping woman at downtown Cleveland bus stop

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman outside of Rocket Mortgage Field House was sentenced to 18 years in prison Tuesday.

Thirty-four-year-old Rodney Hollis pleaded guilty in July to rape, kidnapping, and felonious assault.

During sentencing, the judge said Hollis slammed the woman’s head to the ground and she suffered a concussion during the course of the event.

Investigators said Hollis raped the 30-year-old woman at a bus stop on Huron Road near Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on April 2.

The victim was in court explaining how this situation changed her life.

She was very choked up as she said, “I’ve got a 9-year-old and I’m raising him and that affected my life. Right now, I’m not even working and I don’t like going out at night. That should not happen when a person gets off of work."

After a few minutes, she walked away saying, “If I could, I would punch him in the face right now.”

When the judge asked Hollis if he wanted to comment about this case, he teared up while saying,"I’m sorry for my actions. I was wrong."

Court records from Cuyahoga County show that Hollis was previously convicted of kidnapping and attempted rape in 2005. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender regularly for a period of 20 years.

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