- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PARMA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland police officer charged with pistol-whipping and raping his girlfriend in Parma last week was previously arrested for attempting to force an acquaintance to kiss him years ago in the suburban city.

Parma police say Cleveland Patrolman Tommie Griffin was arrested in 2009 for forcing himself on a woman who knew him through a prior job and his ex-wife.

The 51-year-old pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and apologized to his victim, claiming he was extremely drunk at the time.

Cleveland police’s Internal Affairs Unit investigated the 2009 incident, but it’s unknown whether Griffin was ultimately punished.

Griffin has been charged with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping in connection with a domestic violence attack on his 40-year-old girlfriend last Friday.

Court records didn’t list attorney information for Griffin.


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