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Randy Cleveland, firefighter & alleged abuser, said to have been high-fived by friendly cops

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Brighton firefighter and former deputy sheriff Randy Cleveland is facing six felony counts, including assault and sex-assault charges, related to an alleged campaign of violence aimed at his wife and kids. But also under fire is the Brighton Police Department, which accusers say looked the other way -- or offered high fives -- rather than seriously investigate reports against him.

First reports about Cleveland's arrest surfaced in late May -- and within days, Fox31 had located a source who told a tale of horrific abuse and a subsequent cover-up, details of which also turn up in Cleveland's arrest affidavit.

According to the document, Cleveland and his wife married in 2006, but their initial happiness began to unravel the following year in the face of his alleged rage, which began building during her first pregnancy and escalated after the birth of their child. His wife said he bumped her with his truck and rammed her into a crib while she was holding their baby. She actually dropped the child during the second incident, she told investigators.

The violence didn't end after she became pregnant a second time, she maintains. She said Cleveland pushed her down a flight of stairs, hit her with the handle of a hammer, and stomped on her foot so hard while wearing firefighter boots that he broke a bone. And the kids weren't immune from this treatment, perhaps in part because he suspected her of infidelity. At one point, he reportedly said about one child, "I don't even know if the...thing is mine."

Cleveland's wife called Brighton police after many of these alleged attacks, but the Fox31 source says they didn't always show up -- and when they did, they treated Cleveland like a long lost pal, not an abuse suspect. Once, a cop called to the scene allegedly high-fived him. On another occasion, an officer supposedly looking into his behavior friended him on Facebook.

This chumminess came to an end, more or less, in April, after the parents of Cleveland's wife gave a couple of Easter bunnies to the kids. Problem is, Cleveland is allergic to rabbits, and he allegedly freaked out, threatening to kill the animals and tossing his wife down on their driveway. Afterward, the affidavit says, he responded to her threat to call the cops by saying, "You know how well that works for you."

The case wound up at the 18th Judicial District DA's office -- the same agency that just cleared two officers in the shooting of Oleg Gidenko, whose family received a reported $150,000 payoff from the City of Aurora after his March death. In the beginning, the office declined to press charges -- but after the heat ratcheted up, the Boulder District Attorney's Office was named as a special prosecutor in the matter. Soon thereafter, Cleveland was hit with six felonies, including sexual assault, second-degree assault and stalking, plus eight misdemeanors, several of which accuse him of abusing his kids while attacking his wife, who's still so terrified that she's currently in hiding.

What's the Brighton Police Department got to say about all this? In June, the City of Brighton issued a release insisting that its officers responded to every call at the Cleveland residence, fully cooperated with prosecutors, and offered no special treatment based on his job as a firefighter. Nonetheless, Boulder DA Stan Garnett tells the Denver Post that his department is considering whether to investigate the officers who responded to calls for possible police misconduct. As for Cleveland, he's next due in court on July 29.

Look below to see a larger version of Cleveland's mug shot and the Fox31 report:

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Randy Cleveland.

 

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "William Nelson, fire protection chief, busted for impersonating peace officer, DUI, pot in truck."


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Tanya Marwick
Tanya Marwick

I know the wife and I have met him. The night I met her she was terrified and the police did nothing to help her. In Colorado the law is if there is a domestic violence call one of them goes to jail. Well she went into hiding that night and he was still out stalking her trying to find out where she was. She is a beautiful, nice woman with two beautiful little boys. I am glad he is going away and I hope he gets a long sentence. She deserves so much better than him. When I met him he was an arrogant pig!!!! It is not as easy as people think to get away from an abuser no matter what they do for a living. It doesn't matter what she may have said you never hit a woman, ever!!! She was controlled, not allowed to work or have money, cell phone...I have been through domestic violence and it is not so easy to get away especially when you have children. He had 20 charges reduced to two charges, something wrong with that!!. He will do this to the next woman I am sure, they never change. I just hope she can lead a peaceful life without fear and raise her boys in a safe, happy environment.

Guest
Guest

If you cover up the left side of his face - he looks angry. If you cover up the right - he looks happy.

aeharrow
aeharrow

It's a shame really.  I knew this guy in high school.  He was always very polite and hardworking back then.   To me it just goes to show what working in law enforcement does to people, how it changes them to become as heartless as they system within they work.  

Kasey Carter
Kasey Carter

I always, always tell women that if a guy has to use tweezers so that he can aim for the toilet, he's going to be trouble and to run like hell!!

Kuei
Kuei

"The violence didn't end after she became pregnant a second time..."

What kind of a dumb bitch has a second kid with an abuser? That's right, an american dumb bitch. This story sums it all up. American women and cops are disgusting!

Steve
Steve

I bet that police force is shitting themselves. All the investigator has to do is call up her phone(s) records and see how many times calls to police were placed, and how many were actually responded to, and how many reports were filed and he and his crony friends are FUCKED. people in positions of power(but particularly men in 'hero' jobs) sometimes feel above the law. Charlie brown will lose his job, his kids and his wife over this. maybe the big baby hothead should try anger management classes instead of beating his wife and kids.

Just Me
Just Me

That's what happens when Lucy keeps yanking footballs away when you go in for a kick.  He looks like a psycho Charlie Brown.  I just hope the wife and kids will be ok and never see him again.  

Master Blaster
Master Blaster

Nothing new here. Just another corrupt civil employee. I think most civil workers are corrupt. If not, then where are the good ones speaking out against the bad ones? No wonder our country is going down fast.

Bilbo
Bilbo

he looks like a empty headed, steroid shooting, wife beating pig to me.........I bet he has a 2" wang.  Id be mad if I looked like a dick with ears too.

Tanya Marwick
Tanya Marwick

I don't agree that it is the job that changes them. You can have any profession and still do this. My ex was a welder and abused me. My boyfriend is a deputy sherrif and would never lay a hand on me!!!

Robyn Gallegos
Robyn Gallegos

I knew him when he worked with the Fire Department.  He was very polite and hardworking.  My heart goes out to all involved, even his family...they are great people.  I agree with you that people become "heartless" working in the system because you learn you cant trust anyone...I know from experience working in law enforcement! 

Basbabe1977
Basbabe1977

He looks like a total meat head. Probably got insecure when wife became pregnant. Couldn't handle not being centre of attention. He deserves everything he gets and the cops that high fived him. Fire the lot of them.....

Tanya Marwick
Tanya Marwick

You are an idiot!!!! Obviously you have never been through domestic violence. It is not that black and white!!! It is not as easy to get away as you think when you have a baby and you are scared, especially when your husband is a firefighter. Not all police or firefighters are like that, some spoke against him. No matter what the abuser does for a living if you are a mother it is hard to escape but I know harder for her. I know her and you are a moron!!!!

Denise
Denise

Just like you to blame the victim. You truly are deplorable...and P.S. No one cares - especially not American women about your twisted opinions.

Desiree Brandal
Desiree Brandal

WTF is wrong with you? Maybe if you weren't such a douche everytime you posted, American Women might like you- you german looking wanker. Sorry we don't have all of your countries MANY perversions. Pissed because american women can say no? are you looking for a mail orders bride? did they reject you too, you marxist f**ker? it could just be that your ugly you know. they make surgery for that.

jason l
jason l

Back under the bridge troll

Carlaw26
Carlaw26

A Dick with ears......hahahaha

Robyn_gallegos
Robyn_gallegos

Everyone wants to Judge him by the way he looks!  Why dont you all take a look in the mirror!  He is a regular person, not looking any different than someone walking down the street. We dont know what happend in his life to make him act the way he did!  It's not right by all means, but who the hell is everyone one to judge?..Thats everyone's problem, they can clean the shit from their neighbors yard, but their yard is over flowing in their own SHIT!!!  Let the Judges judge and if your so worried about it you "comfort" the victim!

Kuei
Kuei

And, yet, I created roughly 50% of the posts on this topic from my ONE comment. What did YOU achieve today? Yeah, thought so. You are my cock puppet Denise. Bounce bitch, bounce!

Robyn_gallegos
Robyn_gallegos

Elisha, Maybe they are the insecure ones, and have to blame the size of their dick on someone who is already in trouble!  Just sayin....This story is about abuse not about how well endowed someone is! 

Elisha
Elisha

Well said Robyn. Who knows what set him off. Not that it was right but she could have left. Damn if I would have stayed around after all this abuse. Lots of people are insensitive. Look at this world we live in. Half of u are more worried about the size of his dick and the way his face looks than the act itself. No wonder the world is so screwed up.

kuei is a d-bag
kuei is a d-bag

the only cock puppet is that nasty sock on your desk in your mothers basement. the only thing that bounces is the your fat ass snapping off, day dreaming about moving out of your moms basement. But go ahead and feel good about yourself Kuei for generating a response from people that are sick of hearing your dumbass comments, and we have jobs. Keep your d-bag status alive Kuei!

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