Hilliard Northwest News

Hilliard police officer investigated for sexual conduct while on duty

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The Hilliard Division of Police has placed a 10-year veteran officer on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of alleged sexual conduct while on duty.

“Allegations of this type of misconduct are considered serious matters and will be investigated fully,” said Hyda Slone, a spokeswoman for the police department.

According to an Oct. 17 report from Lt. Ron Clark to Chief Doug Francis, an anonymous source told Clark the officer had sexual intercourse while on duty.

The man told Clark the officer allegedly was having sex with a woman at city parks in Hilliard.

Clark also learned that the officer had arrested the same woman for assault in October 2009.

The text messages the man provided Clark did not suggest any criminal activity or violations of the law, though they could lead to policy violations, Clark wrote in his Oct. 17 report.

In an Oct. 24 letter to the officer, Chief Francis wrote the department is investigating “inappropriate (and) unprofessional conduct” while on duty.

ThisWeek is withholding the officer's name at this time.