Columbus Police Sergeant Under Investigation


UPDATED: Tuesday January 18, 2011 2:59 PM

A Columbus police officer has been reassigned because of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Reynoldsburg Police Department.

A Columbus Division of Police spokesman confirmed that the police sergeant, who was not identified, is working desk duty and has had his badge and gun taken away during the investigation, 10TV News reported.

Reynoldsburg police are investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct against the officer, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

The investigation started after the sergeant reported his home was burglarized on Monday, Landers reported.

Soon after the officer reported the burglary, Reynoldsburg police apprehended two suspects. While in police custody, one of the suspects, a 17-year-old boy, told investigators he had had a prior sexual relationship with the officer who reported the burglary.

Reynoldsburg police said if the allegations are true, there could be other teens who the officer has had contact with, but said so far there is no evidence to back up the teen's claims.

The sergeant's service weapon was stolen during the break-in and has not been recovered. 

No charges have been filed against the officer.

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