East Cleveland Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Women With Sex Toy During Traffic Stop

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A former East Cleveland police officer has pleaded guilty to using a sex toy to sexually abuse two women in February during an illegal traffic stop.

Kenneth Bolton Jr., 49, avoided a trial and instead pleaded guilty to felony gross sexual imposition and misdemeanor interfering with civil rights charges Cuyahoga County prosecutors in exchange dropped a kidnapping charge.

Because he pleaded guilty to a felony, Bolton will lose his license to be a police officer and must register as a sex offender.

Bolton is set to be sentenced on Oct. 16.

Prosecutors say that Bolton found a sex toy in the car of two women, ages 22 and 23, whom he illegally stopped at Euclid Avenue and Lee Road on Feb. 23. Bolton used the toy to sexually assault the women as they sat in their car, prosecutors say.

Bolton stopped the women when he spotted their car about 30 minutes after he heard over police radio that another officer cited them.

Bolton, a 16-year veteran of the department, was fired within two weeks of the traffic stop, after an internal investigation.

East Cleveland Police Chief Michael Cardilli’s letter of termination to Bolton says Bolton made a statement to the county prosecutor’s office “admitting to numerous misdemeanor and felony laws that you have recently violated.”

Source: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/09/ex-east_cleveland_police_offic_1.html