SANDUSKY, Ohio — After refusing to release records related to sexual assault allegations for more than 10 months, Cedar Point turned over relevant documents to WTOL 11 late last week.
According to those records, there is now a total of 41 reports involving Cedar Point employees alleging to have been assaulted since 2017.
In May, 11 Investigates aired a three-night series on incidents involving Cedar Point's employee dorms. There were 29 documents obtained from the Sandusky Police Department, but the park's police department refused to provide its own set of reports, claiming it is a private department not subject to records law.
In September, WTOL 11, along with sister stations WKYC in Cleveland and WBNS in Columbus, brought suit against Cedar Fair, the park's parent company, in the Ohio Supreme Court, demanding the park turn over its sexual assault reports from the last five years.
Those records were released to WTOL 11 late on Friday afternoon. Some of the Cedar Point reports overlapped those of the Sandusky Police Department, but 12 others were not previously known. All 41 reports were filed by Cedar Point employees, usually alleging assaults by fellow associates inside employee dorms.
However, other reports stemmed from incidents in the park or on park property.
WTOL 11 previously reported that there were only two incidents last season, well below previous full seasons since 2017. However, the new batch released by Cedar Point police added four additional reports for a total of six in 2022.
Following WTOL 11's series of reports, the city of Sandusky stripped policing power from the Cedar Point Police Department on June 24. The Sandusky Police Department will assume all policing duties on park property once the transition is finalized next year.