Editor’s note: Since the officer has not been charged with a crime, 19 News will not reveal his identity at this time. And given the nature of the allegations, the woman will not be identified either.
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - In a newly filed lawsuit a woman alleged that a Shaker Heights police officer coerced her into having sex with him in exchange for getting out of a traffic citation.
According to the suit, the woman was riding home in the passenger seat of her car on Sept. 18, 2018 at about 2 a.m. when she was pulled over by the officer.
The officer learned the woman had a suspended license, so he cited her for wrongful entrustment of the vehicle to the driver.
The woman said the officer asked her to provide her cell phone number, and sign the citation.
Just a few hours later, around 5 a.m., the woman alleged that the officer called her multiple times and proposed the two meet to discuss the traffic stop.
She said they met at the Landmark restaurant in Cleveland, where he allegedly told her that if she had sex with him in his nearby car he could make the citation go away.
The woman, who claimed she feared for her safety, said she complied with the sexual request.
“It’s so easy in this situation to blame somebody, and say: ‘Why would you do that? Why wouldn’t you report them?’ But she’s frightened she’s scared,” the woman’s attorney, Jared Klebanow, told 19 News. “Normally you would say call the police, but that was the police, That is the person hopefully she’d be able to trust.”
She said the officer gave her $100, and then promised her another $150 days later as he was unable to cancel the citation.
The woman claims she has text messages and voice recordings that prove her case.
The officer still works for the department, and no charges have been filed against him.
19 News reached out to the Shaker Heights Police Department on Tuesday evening, and have not yet received a public statement from the local force.
This story will be updated when the department issues a comment.