Officer Mark McCombs
A former Parma police officer faces decades in prison if convicted of charges accusing him of raping a drunk and disoriented woman.
Mark McCombs, 44, of Parma, is charged with rape, sexual battery, kidnapping, gross sexual imposition, tampering with evidence and dereliction of duty.
Cuyahoga County prosecutors say McCombs took sexual advantage of the 23-year-old woman in the early-morning hours of April 1 while another officer watched. The city fired McCombs and Patrolman Christopher Dillenbeck on May 26, a little more than two weeks after the victim told police what happened.
Dillenbeck gave a statement implicating McCombs and hasn't been charged, said Assistant County Prosecutor David Zimmerman. The actions that resulted in the charges are inexcusable, the prosecutor added.
"I know police officers are human just like everybody else," said Zimmerman, a retired Beachwood police officer. "But because of the responsibility we entrust them with, we hold them to a higher standard, and that is as it should be."
Police and prosecutors gave this account of what happened on April 1:
Another police officer originally came to the woman's aid as she stumbled along a Parma street, heavily intoxicated and distraught over her boyfriend throwing her out of his home during an argument.
That officer, who hasn't been identified, drove her to one of her friend's home, with McCombs following.
When the other officer dropped her off and drove away, McCombs put the woman in his cruiser, drove her to a secluded area and coaxed her into performing oral sex.
Dillenbeck showed up in another cruiser and watched.
Parma police learned of the incident weeks later, when they were arresting the woman's boyfriend for public drunkenness. He had a friend-of-police card with McCombs' name on it, and told the arresting officers what his girlfriend said McCombs did, Zimmerman said.
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