Cleveland Police officer faces new rape charges

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 8:10 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An embattled Cleveland Police officer faces another accuser tonight.

We told you when the officer was charged with rape two years ago. Prosecutors say they found an additional victim a few weeks ago in late April.

Matthew Piter was indicted in January 2020 after a 29-year-old woman accused him of rape after they met on the Tinder app. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and still is awaiting trial.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, the Cleveland Division of Police Sex Crimes Unit conducted another investigation into Piter after the other female accused him of rape in May 2017. Their findings were sent to the Cuyahoga Grand Jury.

This week, the grand jury returned an indictment for two counts of Rape related to the second sexual assault. He now faces the following charges in total:

• Three counts of Rape

• One count of Gross Sexual Imposition

He is scheduled to be arraigned on these additional charges on June 29 at 1 p.m.

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