Newspaper: Ohio police wrongly cleared rape cases

CLEVELAND (AP) - A newspaper analysis has found Cleveland police improperly cleared dozens of rape cases without identifying suspects, thereby violating department rules and national law enforcement standards.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland found at least 52 rape cases in 2006 and 2007 were improperly cleared, meaning unknown attackers weren't pursued and there was a false impression of success in solving some crimes.

FBI crime-reporting standards indicate sexual assault cases should remain open until authorities identify a suspect. But the newspaper found Cleveland police cleared some cases without having a suspect.

Deputy Chief Edward Tomba recently said he didn't think the practice was against department policy, though police documents obtained by the newspaper indicate it is.