NILES — According to court documents, Ivery Cross admitted to touching an inmate's genitals. His attorney disputes the confession.
Ivery Cross' family watched with heavy hearts as he faced a judge on multiple counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first and second degree.
Moments after Cross was taken into custody, family members came to his defense and maintained he's innocent.
"I'm here for Ivery because I don't believe it," said Vanessa Barnes.
"He told them ‘Go to my house. Do anything.’ Because he knows he's innocent," said a woman who identified herself as Cross' sister. "If he was guilty he would have never cooperated from the beginning."
But a copy of the criminal complaint WSBT News obtained from the Niles Trial Court tells a different story.
Detectives claim Cross confessed to at least some of the accusations.
After his arrest in March, detectives say Cross admitted to touching the 19-year-old male inmate's genitals on one occasion after asking the inmate to masturbate in front of him.