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Local nurse pleads not guilty to molesting a child

Inder Jeet Sharma (Source: Mentor Police) Inder Jeet Sharma (Source: Mentor Police)
A psychiatric clinical nurse specialist has been arrested for molesting a child under the age of 13.

Wednesday evening, Mentor Police Department detectives arrested Inder Jeet Sharma, 62, of North Royalton, after an investigation into a sexual assault.

The investigation revealed Sharma allegedly had sexual contact with a child in his Mentor medical office.

Mentor Police said he molested the girl by touching her privates through her clothes and also by trying to get her to touch him.

"It is disturbing, we have a psychiatric professional taking advantage of a 12-year-old girl," said Mentor Police Lt. Det. Tim Allen.

Sharma, aware of the child's age, also allegedly solicited the child for sexual acts via text messages. The nurse specialist was actually communicating with Mentor detectives.

He is charged with gross sexual imposition, importuning and tampering with evidence. 

Sharma pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday morning and the judge set bond at $300,000.

He could not make bond and remains in jail until his next court appearance, which is scheduled for later this month.

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