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Cleveland police officer accused of inappropriate relationship with teen loses job

Posted at 5:39 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 17:39:35-04

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police officer who was sentenced to community control last year after allegations arose that he had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl has been fired, according to a news release sent out Wednesday by the city.

Thomas Tewell, 33, was hired in 2012 and was most recently assigned to the Second District precinct.

Last July, he was charged with disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and unauthorized use of property. He was suspended without pay on July 17.

An internal investigation was launched following allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl in Rocky River.

In November 2018, he was found guilty on the charge of unauthorized use of property/computer systems. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay a fine. He was found not guilty of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.

The results of the investigation were forwarded to Office of the Director of Public Safety for review and to determine what disciplinary action would be handed down. He was fired on Aug. 30.

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