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Suspended Portland police officer resigns amid investigation

PORTLAND, Ind. (WISH) — A suspended police officer with the Portland Police Department at the center of an investigation has resigned.

The officer, who News 8 is not naming since he has not been arrested or criminally charged, was suspended last week after he allegedly attempted to engage in sexual conduct with a child in Avon.

“Although these incidents can be troubling for the public to process and questions the integrity of the department, it is important to note that these incidents are rare nationwide and this one incident should not distract the public’s overall opinion of the Portland Police Department,” said Portland Mayor Josh Boggs in a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page.

The Avon Police Department is conducting the investigation into the former officer.

PPD on Monday said the officer was never assigned to schools for his duties.

“The safety of our kids in our community will always be paramount to our officers and we will effectively investigate and prosecute those in our community and assist outside agencies with their investigation against those who take any wrongful action against anyone in the community; in particular the vulnerable,” the department said online.

The investigation is ongoing.

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