66-year-old Joseph SCHERMA of Westlake was arrested on May 2 for a sex offense involving a male juvenile relative, report Westlake Police. The victim and his parents reported the incident on April 24; it occurred in February at the suspect’s home. A second juvenile male relative has also been identified as a victim; the offenses involving this child occurred in mid 2013/early 2014.
A search warrant was served at SHERMA’s home on May 2; items were seized and will be examined for evidence. The warrant has been sealed.
SCHERMA faced 2 counts of Gross Sexual Imposition and 4 counts of Rape. He was transferred to the Cuyahoga County Jail on May 6 after bonds were set and a Temporary Protection Order issued by the Rocky River Municipal Court. The Grand Jury has indicted SCHERMA for numerous sex-related offenses.