CLEVELAND -- Local courtrooms are seeing a disturbing new trend -- a sharp increase in the number of child rape cases.
Cuyahoga County Judge Deena Calabrese says there's a story that you're not hearing about, but you should be.
"This is something that happens frequently at the Justice Center, but it's not reported on nearly as much as it happens," she said.
In an exclusive interview with Channel 3, Judge Calabrese tells us what's really going on.
In the past six months, she's seen a disturbing trend in the number of child rape cases in her courtroom.
In the last few weeks, she's had five cases of child rape on her docket.
Before the uptick, Judge Calabrese saw one case every three months.
As a judge and as a mother, she's trying to figure out what's behind this spike, and she wonders if there's an online component?
"Are people acting out things that are perpetrated online? Things they see and want to do? Things like luring a child?" she asks.
Regardless of the reason behind the trend, county prosecutors have noticed it as well.
They say they hope the jump behind the numbers simply means that more children are coming forward.
"If that spike keeps coming because more kids are coming forward, we're happy to take it. And we're happy they're coming forward, no matter how many there's going to be," says Assistant County Prosecutor Brian Radigan.