Cleveland attorney Anthony Calabrese pleads guilty to bribing rape victims

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland attorney pleaded guilty to bribing two rape victims with $150,000 to urge a judge to be lenient with his client.

Anthony O. Calebrese III appeared in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Friday and pleaded guilty to two cases involving bribery and corruption, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

Calabrese paid two rape victims $150,000 to write letters and give favorable testimony urging a judge to be lenient in sentencing Thomas Castro.

He also pleaded guilty to bribing Parma school board member and Cuyahoga County employee Kevin Kelley for inside information on school contracts and Lorain City official Sanford Prudoff, which the prosecutor claims netted him $1.3 million in bond counsel work from the city.

Calabrese, who is already serving a nine-year stint in federal prison for his role in the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal, was sentenced to serve four and a half years in prison.

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