The Cleveland, Ohio police officer who was charged with attempting to kidnap a child and then urinating on her at a bus stop has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
A judge handed down the sentence on Tuesday to Solomon Nhiwatiwa, the former Cleveland police officer admitted to urinating on a 12-year-old girl after she refused to get in his car.
The incident occurred on August 16. While off-duty, Nhiwatiwa drove up to the girl as she waited for the bus to go to school. According to court records, he asked the child if she needed a ride and after she refused, he drove away.
Nhiwatiwa then returned on foot, pulled out his cellphone and recorded himself as he urinated on the 12-year-old girl.
The girl yelled out to him, “What is your problem?” and Nhiwatiwa responded, “What’s wrong, b—h,” court records say.
A resident nearby called police to report a suspicious person later identified as Nhiwatiwa looking into cars around the same time. Police pieced together evidence to connect Nhiwatiwa to both incidents, prosecutors said.
DNA taken from the girl’s clothes matched Nhiwatiwa’s, and the girl identified him in a photo lineup, prosecutors said.
Nhiwatiwa, 34, showed no emotion during his only chance to speak before Common Pleas Court Judge Wanda C. Jones handed down her sentence.
“I would like to apologize to the victim,” Nhiwatiwa said.
Nhiwatiwa stood silent for several seconds before Jones asked if he had anything else to say.
“I take responsibility for what I did,” he said, then sat down.
The girl’s father told the judge that both he and his daughter are struggling to cope with feelings of blame.
“She knew what she was supposed to do, and she did everything that she was supposed to do,” he said.
The judge said she was not convinced that Nhiwatiwa was sorry for what he did. Going on to say the physical and mental abuse he inflicted on the child justified consecutive sentences.
Nhiwatiwa faced a maximum of seven and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and endangering children.
As part of his plea agreement, Nhiwatiwa agreed to resign his position with Cleveland police and his license to be a police officer in the state of Ohio.
Nhiwatiwa must also register as a tier 1 sex offender.