Mason: Cleveland police officer indicted for rape

3:10 PM, Aug 21, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason confirmed that Cleveland Police Officer Gregory C. Jones was indicted by a Grand Jury Tuesday for rape, gross sexual imposition and kidnapping.

Mason said that, on July 13, 2012, the female victim, 34, of Chicago, was visiting friends on Ohio Avenue in Cleveland.

The victim and two friends were playing cards when one friend decided to call Jones to join them. After introductions, the four talked and watched a movie instead of playing cards.

Jones announced he was leaving and the victim walked him out. He then asked the victim if she would like a tour of the neighborhood and drove to his home.

There, Jones informed the victim he had to run inside and she accompanied him. Once inside, Jones left the victim alone.

He returned a few minutes later and attempted to force the victim to perform oral sex. She refused, then Jones raped her as she told him he was hurting her and telling him to stop.

Jones then offered the victim a rag to clean up with and told her to take a shower. She refused and walked back to her friend's house, where Jones was waiting in his vehicle.

The victim said that Jones told her he was sorry and asked her not to tell their mutual friend.

The victim called other friends to pick her up and they took her to the hospital where she was treated by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, then released.

The victim spoke to Cleveland Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit and communicated the specifics of the incident.

On July 18, a search warrant was executed at Jones' residence on Lawndale Avenue. DNA samples were obtained from Jones.

On August 9, Jones was arrested and charged with rape.

Subsequently he was removed from duty, pending the outcome of the felony charges.

Mason said, "It is always a disappointment when a member of law enforcement tarnishes the badge. The allegations of this case are particularly troubling."

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.

WKYC-TV

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