Cleveland officer appears in court in alleged beating, sexual assault

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PARMA, Ohio — Cleveland police Officer Tommie Griffin appeared in court Tuesday after being arrested in connection with an alleged beating and sexual assault incident.

The officer faces charges including of felonious assault, kidnapping and rape. He’s been held at the Parma City Jail since his arrest on Saturday, which was first reported by the FOX 8 I-Team.

His bond was set at $250,000. The judge said if he posts bond, his home will be swept for guns before he would be permitted to return.

Capt. Kevin Riley says the officer was accused of pointing a gun at his 42-year-old girlfriend and then pistol-whipping her at a home in the Cuyahoga County city.

The officer also allegedly fired two shots while holding the gun next to the woman, who police say was sexually assaulted during the attack.

A statement from the Cleveland Police Department states:

“The male associated with this arrest is Tommie Griffin and this male is a patrol officer with the Cleveland Division of Police. Griffin was hired on February 1, 1994. He is a 51 year old white male and his current assignment is in District One on basic patrol. Griffin is currently suspended without pay pending the adjudication of the criminal case.”

 Continuing coverage here. 

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