Cleveland officer gets 4 1/2 years for attempting to kidnap, urinating on 12-year-old girl

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CLEVELAND (WKYC) — A police officer who pleaded guilty to urinating on a child during an attempted kidnapping was sentenced for his crimes on Tuesday.

Solomon Nhiwatiwa, an officer with the Cleveland Division of Police, received four and a half years in prison on charges of attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating material harmful to a juvenile and endangering children. All charges except the last were felonies, and additional charges of criminal child enticement, public indecency, assault and attempted interference of custody were dropped in exchange for Nhiwatiwa's guilty plea.

Nhiwatiwa faced a maximum of seven and a half years behind bars. In addition, the pandering obscenity conviction requires him to register as a Tier 1 sex offender for 15 years.

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Police say Nhiwatiwa was off-duty in Euclid on Aug. 16 when he saw the 12-year-old girl waiting for her school bus on Euclid Avenue. He asked her numerous questions (including if she needed a ride) before leaving, but later returned with his genitals exposed and urinated on her while recording his actions on a cell phone. The girl said she had asked Nhiwatiwa, "What's your problem?" and his only response was, "What's wrong, b---h?"

Thanks to the help of an alert neighbor who had seen Nhiwatiwa and written down his license plate number, the child picked his image out of a photo array "with 100% certainty" and he later turned himself in. The five-year veteran of the Cleveland police force was immediately suspended without pay, and during sentencing it was revealed he had officially resigned his position as an officer.

Nhiwatiwa briefly apologized for his actions, and medical experts confirmed he has a history of schizophrenia. However, Judge Wanda C. Jones determined a jail sentence was necessary, and called Nhiwatiwa crimes "one of the most humiliating acts against a child."

"The court is not convinced of your remorse," she said. "A single prison term for any of these offenses would not adequately reflect the seriousness of your conduct."

Nhiwatiwa will serve his sentence at the Lorain Correctional Institute.