CLEVELAND – WEWS NewsChannel5 weekend sports anchor Terry Brooks was indicted Wednesday on charges of rape, attempted rape and kidnapping, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said.
Prosecutor Bill Mason said that between Sept. 1 and Sept. 14, 2009, a 21-year-old woman went to Jack’s Sports Bar in South Euclid with Brooks.
“Instead of taking her home, Terry Brooks took her to his residence in South Euclid. He raped her and dropped her back off at Jack’s Sports Bar to get her car,” Mason said in a statement.
South Euclid police began an investigation in January, when the alleged rape was reported. The indictment includes one count of kidnapping, four counts of rape and four counts of attempted rape.
Brooks was placed on a leave of absence from the station during the investigation.
WEWS General Manager Sam Rosenwasser released the following statement:
“We learned late on Tuesday of the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s interest in legal action surrounding the alleged activity of Terry Brooks. Any hint of improper conduct by our employees is taken very seriously by the station and its management team. We will cooperate fully and completely with all investigating authorities in the interest of a resolution that is fair and just for all parties involved. At this time, we have placed Terry Brooks on a leave of absence until the facts are determined and we can evaluate his future with the station.” SOURCE
Clip of Brooks on the right of the panel