Former Cleveland police officer sentenced to 10 days for soliciting prostitution, nearly faints in court

Michael Rybarczyk pleaded guilty to the charges against him in June

Police officer nearly faints during sentencing in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A former Cleveland police officer was sentenced in Cleveland Municipal Court Thursday after he previously pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution.

Michael Rybarczyk, 58, was charged with 11 counts of soliciting prostitution. He ultimately pleaded guilty to five counts and the other six counts were dismissed.

19 News live streamed the sentencing hearing:

Officer Rybarczyk sentencing 8/22/2019

IN COURT: Cleveland police officer who pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitutes is in court for sentencing: https://bit.ly/2P7XpHe

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, August 22, 2019

In court Thursday, Rybarczyk received five 10-day sentences for each of the five counts against him. He will serve the sentences concurrently, meaning he will spend just 10 days behind bars.

There was also a dramatic moment when Rybarczyk nearly fainted while standing to face the charges against him. He had to be assisted by his attorney and a bailiff until he regained his footing.

An Internal Affairs investigation led to charges being filed on Feb. 4. Rybarzyk reportedly solicited women in the parking lot of First District headquarters.

Several months ago, Rybarczyk pleaded guilty in a separate criminal case of attempted unauthorized use of property charges. He was sentenced to two years probation and 40 hours of community service.

Rybarczyk was reportedly on-duty when he used a social media platform to send non-work related messages to approximately 2,300 women.

Officer Rybarczyk was a 29-year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Police.

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