An Ohio police officer is behind bars after police say he tried to kidnap a little girl waiting for her school bus, then urinated on her while filming the incident.
According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Solomon Nhiwatiwa, 34, is facing numerous charges in connection with the Friday incident, which reportedly happened off of Euclid Avenue in Euclid.
Authorities report that Nhiwatiwa, who was off duty at the time, approached a 12-year-old girl and asked her if she needed a ride to school. The girl declined repeatedly as the suspect continued to pressure her to get inside his car. Nhiwatiwa then drove off, but returned a minute later and parked his car beside the girl.
Nhiwatiwa allegedly got out of his car and exposed his genitals to the girl, then began urinating on her. The girl told police it appeared as if the man was filming himself as the incident took place, prosecutors said.
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The suspect fled the scene afterward. A neighbor later contacted police and said a man had been peering into people’s cars and acting suspiciously. Authorities indicate that they identified the man as Nhiwatiwa.
Meanwhile, the little girl ran home and told her mother what happened. The girl’s mother contacted authorities, according to cleveland.com.
Nhiwatiwa turned himself in on Tuesday. He’s facing charges of:
- Attempted kidnapping
- Disseminating material harmful to juveniles
- Pandering obscenity
- Child enticement
- Public indecency
- Interfering with custody
“He will be held accountable,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said. “It’s my office’s mission to ensure he never wears the badge of a police officer again.”
The suspect has been suspended from his duties as an officer while the investigation continues.
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