INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A sergeant with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been suspended pending charges of official misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.
The department launched an internal investigation after receiving complaints that Sgt. Michael Forrest visited a strip club while on duty.
According to the probable cause document, Forrest's visit was captured on video surveillance equipment at Sunset Strip Gentlemen's Club on 16th Street in Indianapolis. The document alleges Forrest drove to the club "in his issued fully marked IMPD squad car."
"The video shows Sgt. Forrest exit the police car in full IMPD utility uniform and enter the Sunset Strip Gentlemen's Club via the front Entrance," the probable cause reads.
The 23 year department veteran purchased an alcoholic drink for a dancer then agreed to a series of lap dances and entered a private room with the woman.
Police say Forrest exposed himself and encouraged the woman to touch him.
"Sergeant Forrest's illegal activities tarnishes the IMPD badge, disrespects his fellow police officers, as well as the community he has sworn to protect," said Public Safety Director Frank Straub. "We will not tolerate such behavior and will be relentless in the pursuit of employees who engage in illegal activity."
Forrest has been suspended without pay pending the conclusion of the investigation.
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