Cuyahoga Co. assistant prosecutor arrested for allegedly trying to solicit sex from minor

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Cuyahoga County assistant prosecutor has been arrested and currently sits in the Mahoning County Sheriff’s office.

Joseph Bell, 32, got caught in a sting operation in Mahoning County Friday and was transported back to the Valley from the Cuyahoga County area.

He’s been charged with allegedly trying to solicit sex from a minor. He thought the person was 15, but instead, he was speaking with an officer of the law.

The charge is defined as importuning, according to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office worked together on the arrest.

“This is unfortunate, but this is what we do, and sometimes it’s just one of those things where we’re just never surprised who we end up getting,” said Mahoning County Sheriff Jerry Greene.

Bell worked in child support services before getting fired after his arrest.

Bell’s bail has not been set. He is expected to be arraigned this coming week.

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