Kenneth Bolton Jr., 39-years old, an East Cleveland police officer and 1-year veteran, is under investigation by the department and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office for illegally pulling over a 22-year old and 23-year old woman and rubbing a sex toys on their genitals he found at the backseat of their car while they were seated in the vehicle.
East Cleveland Police has confirmed that they have fired Bolton under the grounds of misconduct. Bolton was also been charged with 2 counts of gross sexual imposition, 2 counts of abduction and 2 counts of interfering with civil rights.
Police Chief Michael Cardilli declined to comment on Bolton’s case, but his letter of termination to Bolton says Bolton was fired after he made a statement to the county prosecutor’s office “admitting to numerous misdemeanor and felony laws that you have recently violated.”
Bolton could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The case is yet another black eye in a department plagued by accusations of corruption and officer misconduct.
In recent years, several officers from East Cleveland Police have been charged with crimes. In 2016 three officers were sentenced to 46 months up to 9 year imprisonment for filing a search warrant with false information, and they have kept the seized money from drug dealers.
Two other officers were also charged in September with kidnapping, felonious assault, conspiracy and other lesser offenses stemming from a July 24 incident. The two officers were accused of driving a victim to Forest Hills Park, stripping him and attacking him. The officers arrested the victim on suspicion of possessing a stolen gun, but those charges were dropped. Both officers pleaded not guilty but Cardilli fired the officers.