A Cleveland police officer has pled guilty to charges relating to his assault of a 12-year-old girl on August 16th. Solomon Nhiwatiwa has been held in jail on a $300,000 bond since his August arrest.
He pled guilty to felony charges of attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and endangering children.
He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years and faces up to 7 and a half years in prison at his sentencing hearing on January 21st.
As a result of his plea bargain, the charges of assault, interfering with custody and public indecency have been dropped.
Police reports of the incident describe an off-duty Nhiwatiwa asking a 12-year-old girl at a bus stop if she needed a ride to school. When she wisely refused his offer, he drove away—only to return minutes later.
Upon his return, Nhiwatiwa took out his cell phone and filmed himself urinating on the girl while verbally abusing her before quickly returning to his car and fleeing the scene.
Cleveland cop accused of urinating on girl in attempted kidnapping
The girl was waiting for a bus when Officer Nhiwatiwa asked if she wanted a ride — she declined. He left, but came back and “began urinating on the victim" before driving away, police say. https://t.co/Sowc3oxTOD
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 22, 2019
Please tell me this is, in fact, Fake News!!!! What the actual F?!?
— Mare 💙🇺🇸💔 (@KittyKittay) August 22, 2019
Around the time that the girl’s mother reported the assault, a concerned resident called 911 to report a suspicious person going around the neighborhood looking into cars. It was later discovered that this was also Nhiwatiwa.
Police seized Nhiwatiwa’s phone after his arrest, but have been unable to unlock the phone to retrieve the video of the incident, according to Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Carl Sullivan.
We need more vetting!!
— T.M.N (@Newfamilyguy) August 22, 2019