CLE police officer pleads not guilty to sex charges involving teen girl

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CLEVELAND – A city police officer remains behind bars tonight facing numerous charges, including sexual battery.

Officer Charles Locke has been in jail since his July 10 arrest.  He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Locke’s attorney, Deanna Robertson, argued during Friday’s arraignment that the bond should be reduced.  She told the court her client has no priors.

He has been a police officer since 2007, and arrested convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.

The judge said it will be up to the judge who is assigned Locke’s case to decide if the bond should be reduced.

Locke pleaded not guilty to several counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, sexual battery, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and possessing criminal tools.

The victim in the case is a 15-year-old girl.

Locke has been suspended without pay since his arrest.

He will be back in court for a pre-trial sometime in the next few weeks.

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