CLEVELAND (CBS/WOIO/AP) Terry Brooks, a Cleveland television sports anchor, has been indicted on charges of raping a woman at his home, according to officials.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason says the 32-year-old WEWS-TV sports anchor was indicted Wednesday on one count of kidnapping and four counts each of rape and attempted rape.
Brooks is accused of raping a 21-year-old woman in September at his home in the suburb South Euclid after they went to a sports bar together.
Prosecutors say instead of taking her home, Brooks, 32, took her to his residence. He allegedly raped her, then dropped her back off at Jack's Sports Bar to get her car.
The rape claim was reported in January.
WEWS is in a major media market and reaches communities throughout northeast Ohio, including Akron and Canton. WEWS is an ABC affiliate news station. It released the following statement today:
"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."
Brooks is to be arraigned Aug. 18.