Special prosecutor to handle case of former Pepper Pike officer accused of rape: I-Team

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Jeffrey Martin appears in court on Dec. 16, 2015.

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio– The FOX 8 I TEAM has found Cuyahoga County prosecutors have stepped aside for a special prosecutor to handle the case of Jeffrey Martin, a former Pepper Pike and East Cleveland police officer now charged with rape and stalking.

A court motion filed by prosecutors says, “The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is needed in that a conflict of interest, including Garrity related issues, exists between the Cuyahoga Co Prosecutor’s Office and the defendant.”

The county says a prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office will now handle the case.

A county prosecutor spokesman says the investigative file contained information that “compromised” the office handling the case.

County prosecutor Tim McGinty refused to step aside from the case of the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A grand jury recently decided not to charge the officers involved, and a lawyer for the Rice family and others had wanted McGinty to bring in a special prosecutor for that case. McGinty said he did not see a conflict in that matter, and he saw no reason to step aside there.

More on the case of Jeffrey Martin here.