CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As Cleveland 19 first reported Monday night, a prominent college football player projected to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a downtown Cleveland hotel.
Cleveland 19's investigative team has been pressing police for information for more than two weeks, with no response until the station's attorney got involved Monday. On Tuesday, Cleveland 19 received the eight-page police report. Read it here.
According to the report, the victim told police she met the player in an elevator at the Westin Hotel on St. Clair Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. on April 9. The victim said in the police report she went back to the player's room, where she claims she was raped in a bathroom, despite telling the player "no" and to "stop." After the player finished, he reportedly kicked the woman out of the room.
The Cleveland Police Department said the delay in getting the eight-page report was that certain parts of it had to be blocked out by the Cleveland Law Department. Monday, Cleveland 19 involved its station attorney to help with a stalled record request. Twenty-four hours later, the police report was released.
The report had four redactions on the last page. The items you see highlighted in red are the original redactions. The rest of the redactions shown in this report were made by Cleveland 19 in a decision to conceal the identities of the victim, suspect, and witnesses, as charges have not been filed.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's office said two weeks is too long.
"It should not take that long, you're right ... not process," said Cleveland Media Relations Director Dan Williams.
In the incident report, police said they interviewed two witnesses, who are both friends of the player. Both said the player did nothing wrong. Again, no one has been charged in this case.
Cleveland 19's investigative team has now filed a request to track the police report, and when it was sent to the Law Department for redactions and made available to police for release. Fifteen days for four redactions is too long.