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Report: Cleveland cop who allegedly raped woman met her on Tinder

Posted: 4:55 PM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 17:09:38-05
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CLEVELAND — A police report states that a woman who was allegedly raped by a Cleveland police officer last month met him on Tinder, and agreed to go on another date with him as a way to escape from his house.

The officer, Matthew S. Piter, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of rape.

The alleged incident happened on Oct. 24 at his home.

The report states that the two of them met on Tinder and then went out to dinner at a restaurant in the 16800 block of Lorain Avenue.

Following dinner, they went back to Piter's home. That's when Piter allegedly pushed the woman against a wall and then sexually assaulted her.

According to the report, after the sexual assault occurred, the woman told Piter that she would go on another date with him as a "way of getting out of the residence and away" from Piter.

The woman called a ride-share service, went back to her apartment and called the police.

The woman was later treated by Cleveland EMS but declined to go to the hospital, according to the report.

Piter's case has been bound over to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

The officer is currently on unpaid administrative leave pending the adjudication of the case.

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