A former Waite Hill police officer entered a not guilty plea to charges that he committed sex crimes with an underage boy.
Matthew Mole, 35, of Mentor, plead not guilty before Judge Nancy McDonnell to a charge of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
In December 2011, authorities were called to a Richmond Heights home after the 14-year-old boy’s mother told dispatchers she had found a naked man inside her home with her son.
When officers arrived at the home, Mole was placed under arrest.
Mole has since resigned from his law enforcement job in Waite Hill, where he was a patrolman for five years.
Mole remains free on bond and has been ordered to have no contacted with the alleged victim. His first pre-trial hearing is set for February 2, 2012.