OHIO COP ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL, FACES SEVEN-COUNT INDICTMENT INCLUDING RAPE

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Mar. 3 2021, Published 9:30 a.m. ET

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An Ohio police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in his bedroom, officials say. 

Euclid police officer Donald Ivory, 47, has now been indicted on several charges related to his alleged crimes.  

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A 13-year-old victim told others about the alleged assaults on Nov. 8, according to the Euclid Police Department. In the complaint, the victim alleged the incidents happened while Ivory was off-duty. A criminal investigation started and Ivory was placed on leave, according to WKYC

Cuyahoga County prosecutors say Ivory sexually assaulted the teen girl in the bedroom of his Ohio home between Aug. 15 and Aug. 31. The indictment states that Ivory allegedly forcefully touched the teen and attempted to force her to perform a sex act.

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After the assaults took place, Ivory threatened to take the girl to the juvenile detention center if she did not give him her phone, according to the county prosecutor’s office. Officials added the phone reportedly contained evidence, according to media reports.  

The findings from the investigation were provided to a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury last week, which resulted in a seven-count indictment against Ivory. The seven charges are:

  • one count of attempted rape
  • three counts of gross sexual imposition
  • one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles
  • one count of tampering with evidence
  • one count of intimidation of a victim
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This is not Ivory’s first run in with the law. Ivory was fired in July 2018 after being charged with assault, aggravated menacing and domestic violence against his girlfriend at the time, according to 5 On Your Side.

The woman said Ivory threatened to kill her during the incident and she was assaulted, biten and choked. Ivory pled guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to domestic violence counseling, community control and monitoring.

Ivory appealed his firing at the time and an arbitrator ruled he could return to the police force with full back pay in 2019.

He was also accused of domestic violence and assault on two separate occasions in 2017 by another woman he was dating. Ivory admitted to slapping the victim four to five times, according to officials. However, the victim declined to press charges.

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