BEDFORD, Ohio-- The former Pepper Pike police officer charged with rape and menacing by stalking appeared in a Bedford courtroom Wednesday morning.
Jeffery Martin, 55, of Bainbridge, entered a plea of not guilty. The judge said he will not be released on bond until all of his weapons are turned over to the Bedford Police Department. Bond was set at $1 million.
Martin waived a preliminary hearing.
Bedford police said Martin raped the victim in September 2014. According to court documents, he stalked her by following her to Whole Foods in Woodmere and Ursuline College in November.
The investigating officer testified on behalf of the victim, saying she is afraid for her life and the police department fears for her safety.
Martin's attorney argued for a lower bond. He said his client is not a flight risk because he worked in law enforcement, served in the U.S. Air Force and has lived in Northeast Ohio his whole life.
Detective Sgt. Rick Suts said security video shows Martin walking through a back entrance of the police department last Monday when the victim came to file a report against him.
Suts said when they arrested Martin earlier this week, he had a gun and a badge on him. “Under Ohio law a retired officer is able to have if they meet certain requirements,” Suts said. “In checking we don’t believe he has met those requirements, and we are talking to the prosecutor now and seeking additional charges for that."
A longtime friend of Martin, Mike Winlock, attended Wednesday’s court hearing and said he was shocked by the charges.
“As long as I have known him he has been upstanding, very helpful to his community, and this is a tragedy not only for him but his family as well, so I know he wants to see his day in court,” Winlock said.
Last year, Martin resigned from the Pepper Pike Police Department after 23 years on the job. He also worked as an officer in East Cleveland.
Police ask anyone who believes they were victimized by Martin to call the Bedford Police Department Detective Bureau at 440-232-3408.