RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio - A Waite Hill police officer has been charged with a sex crime involving a 14-year-old boy.
Richmond Heights police Lt. Bob Glaettli said the investigation started after a call from a concerned parent.
"We received a call from a resident at approximately 3:55 a.m. Monday morning and she reported that there was a naked man in her house," Lt. Glaettli told NewsChannel5's Scott Newell.
Police discovered the man was a friend of the woman's 14-year-old son: a 35-year-old man. They took him into custody.
"The suspect that was arrested, his name is Matthew Mole, and during the investigation we determined that he was a police officer with the Village of Waite Hill," Lt. Glaettli said. Officer Mole was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Mole just began his fourth year with Waite Hill Police Department. Waite Hill is an area sandwiched between Willoughby and Wickliffe.
Waite Hill Police Chief Arnold Stanko would not answer questions about the investigation, but said Mole has no citizen complaints against him. Stanko said the officer was disciplined about a year ago for violating department policies and procedures.
"Not reporting when he left his zone," Stanko said. "Didn't let the dispatcher know."
NewsChannel5 attempted to contact Mole, but was unsuccessful. According to Stanko, Mole is currently on administrative leave from the police department and is out on bond. But his arrest has deeply affected all at Waite Hill's small police department.
"He's family," said Stanko. "And that's tough, and this is not good for law enforcement. But that's the criminal side of it and, you know, they'll deal with that."