CLEVELAND, Ohio — A grand jury has indicted a Cleveland police officer accused of raping a woman he met through the popular dating app Tinder.
Matthew Piter, 26, is charged with rape and gross sexual imposition in a Oct. 24 incident at his home in the city’s West Park neighborhood.
Piter has been free since posting 10 percent of a $20,000 bond at his initial appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court in October. He is set for a Jan. 21 arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The woman told police that she met Piter through Tinder and the two had dinner at Si Senor Mexican restaurant in Kamm’s Corners on Oct. 24, according to police reports.
The two went back to Piter’s home on West 152nd Street, where court records say Piter grabbed the woman’s neck with both hands and slammed her up against a wall. He forcibly groped the woman, pulled down her pants and raped her, court records say.
Piter carried out the actions without the woman’s consent and “under physical and verbal protest,” the records say.
The Cleveland police department hired Piter in September 2016 and assigned him to the Second District. The city placed him on unpaid leave after his arrest.
His attorney, Henry Hilow, could not immediately be reached Tuesday. Hilow previously told cleveland.com he believed Piter would be proven innocent.
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