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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland police officer is accused of raping a 29-year-old woman he met on Tinder, according to a police report released Wednesday.

Matthew Piter, 26, was arrested Thursday and charged with rape. He is free after posting 10 percent of a $20,000 bond at his initial court appearance.

Cleveland city officials on Wednesday released the police report on the Oct. 24 incident at Piter’s home.

A 29-year-old woman reported that she met Piter through the dating app Tinder. The two went out to dinner at Si Senor Mexican restaurant in Kamm’s Corners, according to police reports.

The duo went back to Piter’s home, police reports say. What happened next is redacted from the police report.

Court records say Piter grabbed the woman with both hands around her neck and slammed her up against the wall. He forcibly groped the woman, pulled down her pants and raped her, court records say.

“All the actions conducted [were] conducted without the [woman’s] consent and under verbal and physical protest,” the criminal complaint says.

Piter was hired as a police officer in September 2016 and worked in the Second District, which has its headquarters in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. He was placed on unpaid leave until the criminal case is over.

His defense attorney Henry Hilow previously told that Piter is “outstanding public servant” and that he believes Piter will be eventually be exonerated.

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