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Cleveland police officer indicted, accused of inappropriate relationship with 17-year-old

Posted at 7:50 PM, Jul 17, 2018

A Cleveland police officer has been indicted following an investigation into an accusation that he had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl in Rocky River, according to the Rocky River Police Department.

In February, the Rocky River Police Department said it received a complaint from Cleveland police filed by a Rocky River resident against a Cleveland officer regarding the relationship. The complainant was the 17-year-old girl's parent, according to police. The Cleveland Police Internal Affairs Unit said it identified 32-year-old Officer Thomas Tewell as the officer of the complaint.

Rocky River police detectives investigated the complaint with support and cooperation from the Cleveland Police Internal Affairs Unit, according to Rocky River police.

Tewell was indicted by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and one count of unauthorized use of property.

Tewell has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the case, according to Cleveland police.

Tewell is scheduled to appear in court at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on July 31 at 8:30 a.m.