CLEVELAND, Ohio — A former East Cleveland police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison Monday with a sex toy to sexually assault two women during a traffic stop.
Kenneth Bolton Jr., 50, also lost his license for a police officer and has been ordered to register as a sex offender when he had been convicted at a Feb. 23 incident, prosecutors said.
Bolton pleaded guilty last month to gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and interfering with civil rights, a first-degree misdemeanor, in the traffic stop.
Judge Nancy R. McDonnell sentenced Bolton to six months in prison on the felony charge and six months in county jail on the misdemeanor charge, but these sentences will be served simultaneously at the Lorain Correctional Institution, a bailiff for McDonnell’s court stated.
Bolton’s lawyer, Fernando Mack, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday afternoon.
Bolton stopped two girls, ages 23 and 22, on Euclid Avenue at Lee Road and discovered a sex toy in their car, prosecutors said.
Bolton, a 16-year veteran police officer, was fired within two weeks of the traffic stop. He chose to prosecutors “admitting to numerous misdemeanor and felony laws which you’ve recently violated,” East Cleveland police Chief Michael Cardilli composed in Bolton’s termination letter.