When prisoners enter a courtroom, at times, it is hard to believe what they have done.
That was correct of many in the courtroom of Judge Wanda Jones on Tuesday, including the 12-year-old victim’s dad.
“As a man, I can’t see how another man could do something like that, let alone a man who has taken an oath,” the father said.
“It is people like you that cause mankind to distrust,” a victim lawyer read from a letter penned by the 12-year-old girl’s mom.
Former Cleveland police officer Solomon Nhiwatiwa faced sentencing, but Judge Jones said different groups had victimized the 12-year-old girl. She chastised the Euclid Police Department for what occurred when the victim and her mom tried to report the offense and had to wait for hours.
“The fact that it wasn’t taken right away is quite disturbing to this court,” she said in apologizing to the family.
Judge Jones got into account that, not only did Nhiwatiwa offer the sufferer, a ride while she waited for her school bus, but he got in his vehicle, drove off and returned. He then parked on a side street and walked up to her relieving himself on her head and body.
It was named one of the most humiliating acts someone could do, particularly to a child.
But the child must be given credit: The simple reason Nhiwatiwa isn’t facing molestation or even more serious charges is the victim herself.
Assistant County Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll’s statement
“It’s been said we’re not here because she was molested. She wasn’t kidnapped because she did everything she was deemed to do, not because this defendant did everything he was thought to do,” Assistant County Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll told the court.
Nhiwatiwa gave a weak eight-word apology.
The judge asked, “Anything else?”
Later 10 seconds of silence, all he could gather was, “I’d like to take responsibility, apologize for what I did.”
In sentencing, the former police officer Judge Jones continued, “The court is not convinced of your remorse.”
Nhiwatiwa was doomed to four-and-a-half years in jail and also must register as an intimate offender.