Authorities say Cleveland officer attacked woman, falsely arrested her

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say a Cleveland police officer attacked a woman and had her arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Sgt. Christopher Graham, of Wellington, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault and unlawful restraint. He pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Friday morning.

A Cleveland police Internal Affairs detective wrote in court papers that the 38-year-old Graham assaulted the woman Sept. 12 and then had her arrested on the felony assault charge.

Officials haven't said why Graham allegedly attacked the woman.

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Cleveland.com reports that Cleveland paid settlements in two lawsuits filed against Graham that accused him of misusing his police power.

Graham's attorney didn't return telephone messages seeking comment Friday.

A police spokeswoman didn't respond to an email asking about Graham's status with the department.