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Euclid police officer indicted on multiple felonies including attempted rape of 13-year-old girl

Posted at 12:56 PM, Mar 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 16:26:55-04

EUCLID, Ohio — Euclid police officer Donald Ivory, 47, has been indicted on multiple sex crime charges, related to the alleged attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

In an email to News 5, a spokesperson for the Cuyahoga Co. Prosecutor's Office spokesperson wrote that the girl contacted the Euclid Police Department to file a report last November alleging Ivory assaulted her in the bedroom of his Euclid residence while off-duty between August 15 and August 31, 2020.

The spokesperson also wrote "After the assault occurred and became known, he (Ivory) threatened to take her to the juvenile detention center if she did not give up her phone which contained evidence. "

On Friday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment against Donald Ivory, 47, on the following charges:

  • One count of attempted rape
  • Three counts of gross sexual imposition
  • One count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles
  • One count of tampering with evidence
  • One count of intimidation of a victim

Ivory was placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation was underway, according Euclid Police.

However, since the indictment, Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail, with the support of Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer, will place Ivory on unpaid administrative leave.

Ivory is scheduled to appear in court for his arraignment on March 24.

Previous charges
The indictment is far from Ivory's first brush with the law.

RELATED: Euclid police officer fired over domestic violence charges can return to work, arbitrator rules

According to records obtained by 5 On Your Side Investigators, Ivory was fired on July 17, 2018 after he was charged with assault, aggravated menacing and domestic violence in Euclid Municipal Court related to an April 14, 2018 incident involving a woman who was his girlfriend at the time.

The woman said she was “assaulted, bitten and choked” by Ivory during the incident and that he threatened to kill her.

Ivory eventually pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to domestic violence counseling, community control and monitoring.

After appealing his firing, an arbitrator ruled Ivory could return to the force with full back pay in February 2019.

Ivory was also accused of attacking a different woman he was dating in 2017.

Ivory was also accused of domestic violence and assault on July 17, 2017 and on August 6, 2017 in relation to two separate incidents. The city said Ivory admitted to slapping the victim four to five times. She declined to press charges.