Cleveland Police Detective Charged in Sexual Assault

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CLEVELAND, Ohio—A longtime Cleveland police officer has been arrested and charged with gross sexual imposition.

Third-district Detective Paul Jones is accused of sexually assaulting a female while on duty. According to Cleveland police, 64-year-old Jones came into contact with the alleged victim while he was investigating a criminal case for her.

Jones, a 38-year veteran of the force, was arrested after he surrendered to the Internal Affairs Detectives Thursday morning.

"(While) on duty, and investigating a case for the victim, in this instance, it was a victim of the crime, Detective Jones compelled the victim to engage in sexual contact," said CPD Sgt. Sammy Morris.

Police say the woman immediately reported the incident to police on November 29, 2011. When the investigation began, Jones was taken off street-duty and given a non-sensitive assignment.

With the filing of the formal charges, Cleveland Public Safety Director Marty Flask suspended Jones without pay pending the outcome of the case.

"The Cleveland Division of Police, we hold our officers to the highest standards," said Sgt. Morris.

Jones has been released from jail after posting bond. He is scheduled to be appear before a Cleveland Municipal Court Judge on January 26.

According to the clerk of court, the judge ordered Jones not to have any contact with the victim.

FOX 8 has tried contacting Jones' attorney, but no one returned our phone calls.

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