Cleveland, OH — Imagine for a moment that your young daughter is waiting for the bus at the same bus stop she waits at every day and a cop pulls up. The children may feel one of two things, either curiosity or — if they have had negative experiences with police before — fear. However, for one little girl, the feeling turned to sheer terror when the cop attempted to kidnap her and then opted to relieve himself, all over her—while filming the entire thing.
Officer Solomon Nhiwatiwa, 34, was this officer and on Monday, he pleaded guilty to this horrifyingly disgusting behavior. In August, Nhiwatiwa was charged with attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating material harmful to juveniles, assault, endangering children, child enticement, interfering with custody and public indecency.
“He will be held accountable,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said at the time. “It’s my office’s mission to ensure he never wears the badge of a police officer again.”
That will now happen as Nhiwatiwa pleaded guilty to attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, endangering children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
As KXLH reports:
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said that on Aug. 16, Nhiwatiwa, while off-duty, approached the girl near Euclid Avenue while she was waiting for the school bus. Nhiwatiwa asked the girl if she wanted a ride to school and after she refused, he drove away. Around a minute later, Nhiwatiwa parked his car, walked up to her, exposed his genitals and urinated on her while filming the incident with his cellphone. Afterward, he got back in his car and drove away.
According to the report, Nhiwatiwa urinated on the girl’s head, upper body and legs. When the girl asked him, “what his problem was?” Nhiwatiwa reportedly responded, “What’s your problem b*tch?” and then walked away while continuing to film her.
The seventh-grader called her mother on FaceTime and told her what had occurred and then walked home. The girl’s mother gathered the urine-soaked clothing, placed it in a plastic bag and went to the Euclid Police Department to make a report, authorities said. The mother said that a records room employee told her there were no available officers at the time to take a report, but she could wait if she wanted to. The mother was told that a one-hour wait time was probable. The mother and her daughter decided they would return to report the incident at a later time. She dropped her daughter off at school and returned to work, then later completed a written statement.
When reached for comment at the time of the charges, Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer refused to decry the officer’s alleged actions, saying on that “he deserves his day in court like everyone else.”
Now he’s had it.
Nhiwatiwa, a five-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, faces up to 7.5 years in prison and must register as a sex offender for 15 years. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 21 on three felonies and one misdemeanor.
Chances are that if this officer was comfortable pulling up to a bus stop and filming himself urinate on a little girl, that he has done something similar before. We encourage anyone who has been a victim of police misconduct to come forward and alert authorities.
While this case will likely be spun as some incident related to a bad apple, the truth is that child predators are ousted all the time from within the ranks of law enforcement. As TFTP reported earlier this year, inside information into the years-long child abuse saga involving Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) officers was revealed in May. This incident involved multiple child victims and officers and was in just one department.
The city commissioned former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey to investigate the LMPD Explorers program for children to determine if sexual misconduct, abuse, and even rape were widespread with police officers involved in the program.
Hardly an isolated incident, in total, a series of seven lawsuits names more than eight current or former LMPD officers.
In a disturbing description to FOX News, one of the victims went into graphic detail on how he was abused and raped by people he looked up to.
“C.F.,” who uses a pseudonym to protect his identity in a civil lawsuit, said that what should have been a golden opportunity to learn about law enforcement became a nightmare of exploitation and sexual abuse.
Two former LMPD officers have already been convicted of serious crimes, as The Free Thought Project reported, and the city, with good reason, wanted to know more about how police handled the complaints from parents and reports children were being groomed, propositioned, and even raped.
As TFTP reported in October 2017:
Brandon Wood…allegedly raped a teenage boy, both in [his] car and in a residence, and filmed the crime for the purposes of producing pornography. [Kenneth] Betts and Wood were police officer mentors in the Youth Explorer Program for kids who want to one day become law enforcement officers. It was inside the mentorship program that they are accused of finding their victims.
As FOX reports, Wood pleaded guilty to a federal attempted enticement charges and was sentenced May 28. Betts pled guilty to federal enticement and and child pornography charges and was sentenced May 23.
Betts struck a plea deal which was going to allow him to only serve 10-15 years, but U.S. District Judge David Hale said this sentence was too lenient and issued a continuance for sentencing to get Betts to serve more time.
None of these charges would have happened had the victims not sought out lawsuits as the department had no interest in pursuing their own—allowing this abuse to go on for years.