CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland Police officer is behind bars accused of attempted kidnapping and exposing himself to a 12 year-old girl.
Euclid Police say on August 16th, 34 year-old, Solomon Nhiwatawa, an off-duty officer, drove past a 12 year-old girl waiting for her school bus on Euclid Avenue. He rolled down his windows, tried to talk to her, and even asked her if she needed a ride to school. She said no and he drove away.
Nhiwatawa then parked his car, came back and approached the victim, exposed his genitals, and began urinating on her. Police say it appears he was recording it with his cell phone.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley says, “This is just an abhorration and he's just a bad person who happens to work as a police officer. It's the mission of my office to ensure he never works again as a law enforcement officer, not just in our community, but everywhere. We're just thankful the young girl had the sense to understand she should not get in that car.”
Prosecutor O’Malley also credits Euclid Police for their quick investigation. He says earlier that morning, a neighbor noticed the off-duty officer walking around acting suspicious. That neighbor was able to give a description of what they thought was his car, leading police to Nhiwatawa.
Nhiwatawa has been a Cleveland officer since 2014. He’s suspended without pay. He’s charged with
- Attempted kidnapping (with sexual motivation specification)
- Pandering obscenity involving a minor
- Disseminating matter harmful to juveniles
- Endangering children
- Criminal child enticement
- Public indecency
- Attempted interference with custody
19 News will bring you more details on Monday when Nhiwatawa faces a judge.