Former Cleveland Community Development Director Arrested for Attempted Sex with Minor

Frank Jackson welcome Michael Cosgrove as Community Development director in 2017. -
Frank Jackson welcome Michael Cosgrove as Community Development director in 2017.
Michael Cosgrove, the former director of community development for the city of Cleveland, has reportedly been indicted on three felony counts for attempting to have sex with a minor.

Local outlets have reported that Cosgrove was arrested Monday afternoon in Parma Heights in a sting operation. Cosgrove had been communicating with an undercover agent whom he believed was a 15-year-old girl. Monday, he drove to an agreed-upon location for sex and was arrested there.

The 43-year-old Cosgrove is now the head of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland. He served as Cleveland's community development director from February to December, 2017. He had worked for the city since 2002, first in the law office, then as the Administrative Manager of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (2010), and then as Assistant Director of Community Development (2015). reports that Cosgrove was taken to Cuyahoga County Jail and held on a $10,000 bond. He'll make his first court appearance Wednesday.

Fox 8's Ed Gallek got the latest from the prosecutor's office this morning.

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