CLEVELAND, Oh. – A Cleveland police officer is facing serious charges after prosecutors say he attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl and then urinated on her at her bus stop – all while he filmed it on his cellphone.
A report from Cleveland.com confirmed that Officer Solomon Nhiwatiwa, 34, is charged with attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating material harmful to juveniles, assault, endangering children, child enticement, interfering with custody and public indecency.
The officer is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday. Nhiwatiwa has been a police officer since 2014, sources say. He has been suspended without pay pending the investigation. But the prosecutor in the case say that suspension may be permanent.
“He will be held accountable,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “It’s my office’s mission to ensure he never wears the badge of a police officer again.”
It’s reported that the encounter between Officer Nhiwatiwa and the young girl happened on Friday morning on Euclid Avenue in Euclid. Prosecutors say that the 12-year-old girl was sitting on the sidewalk and was waiting to be picked up by the bus. Nhiwatiwa allegedly drove up to the minor and attempted to entice her to get inside his vehicle, reportedly asking her if she needed a ride to school.
The girl repeatedly refused Nhiwatiwa’s persistent offers and would not get into his vehicle. At that point, prosecutors say the officer drove away.
But he wasn’t done yet.
According to the report, Nhiwatiwa drove back to the bus stop and exited his vehicle. That’s when authorities say the 34-year-old police officer began urinating on the young girl, allegedly filming it on his cellphone while he performed the sick act.
A Cleveland police officer tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl waiting for her school bus and urinated on her while he filmed the interaction, prosecutors said. https://t.co/vvk2E5LtKz
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) August 21, 2019
He then left the scene again, but police were alerted to his presence when a neighbor reached out to Euclid police and described a suspicious person acting strange and looking into vehicles.
The girl’s mother reportedly called the Euclid police and reported what had happened to her daughter. The police were able to make the connection and sought out Nhiwatiwa. Prosecutors say the officer turned himself in on Tuesday and was arrested.
Another officer in Connecticut is being investigated after authorities say that he began a relationship with someone he arrested… who happens to be underage.
Officer Joven Gonzalez, 26, arrested a teenage girl for larceny in April of this year, according to the Hartford Courant’s Zach Murdock. However, the interactions between the married officer and the girl did not end there. A Bloomfield police report indicates that an “intimate and sexual relationship” developed between the officer and the girl.
Hartford police officer under internal investigation after on-duty incident involving juvenile ex-girlfriend https://t.co/HuDuJN3iJK
— Christine Dempsey (@ChristineDempse) August 21, 2019
Gonzalez alleges that he did not know the girl’s minor status and claims that she lied to him about her age. It is unclear what information the officer was provided with during the original arrest and booking of the teen. The officer claims that he later attempted to help the girl find a job and that’s when he discovered she was a minor. Gonzalez states that he ended the relationship upon learning her age and things took a turn. He claims that the girl threatened to go to his home and even to murder his wife, Murdock reports.
Police have spoken with witnesses and reviewed camera footage of a church parking lot where the officer and the girl had an altercation in late July. Surveillance footage shows that the officer drove his cruiser to the parking lot while on duty. There, he met the minor who was driving the officer’s personal vehicle. The teen had been given a key to the officer’s car, which she was allowed to take from the Hartford Police Department parking lot and drive to the church at approximately 2:00 in the morning.
According to a Bloomfield police report, a witness claims to have seen Gonzalez holding the girl’s hands in the parking lot as she pleaded “Let go of me” and “Get off of me.” The teen further reported to police that Gonzalez punched her two times and attempted to prevent her from accessing her cell phone. She claims she sustained no serious injuries. However, Officer Gonzalez has claimed that the girl was the aggressor and had taken his phone, spraying him with mace when he tried to take it back.
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Surveillance footage did not capture the altercation, only that the vehicles were present at the time. However, investigators also reviewed a series of text messages that the girl sent to a friend the night of the incident. The content or nature of the messages have not been released. Bloomfield police have closed the investigation into the altercation without making any arrests, Murdock reports.