CLEVELAND (AP) – An off-duty Cleveland police officer charged with attempting to kidnap a 12-year-old girl waiting for a school bus has pleaded not guilty.

Thirty-four-year-old Solomon Nhiwatiwa pleaded not guilty Monday in a Cuyahoga County courtroom to charges that also include child enticement, indecent exposure, pandering obscenity involving a minor, assault and endangering children.

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The judge set his bond at $300,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the child.

Court records don’t indicate whether Nhiwatiwa has an attorney.

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He was suspended without pay after Euclid police arrested him last week.

Prosecutors say the Aug. 16 encounter began with Nhiwatiwa asking the girl if she wanted a ride while she waited for a bus in suburban Cleveland.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association declined to comment on Monday.

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