What to Know
- A Downingtown Police officer resigned amid an investigation into her alleged relationship with a teen.
- NBC10 is not identifying the officer since she has not been criminally charged.
- Downingtown Police Chief Howard Holland told NBC10 he first received a report in May that the officer was with a juvenile at a local park.
A local officer resigned after police began to investigate her alleged relationship with a teenager, investigators said.
Downingtown Police Chief Howard Holland told NBC10 he first received a report on May 5 that one of his officers was seen with a juvenile at night in a park in Upper Uwchlan Township.
“I had some concerns,” Chief Holland said. “I immediately called the officer in, put that officer on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. Verified that the county detectives were also notified for any criminal implications.”
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Sources told NBC10 Chester County detectives launched an investigation into the nature of the relationship between the officer and the teen. The officer has not been criminally charged but resigned after Downingtown Police began conducting their own investigation.
NBC10 is not identifying the officer since she has not been charged with a crime. The officer had been working part time in Downingtown since 2015, mainly in area schools.
“We strongly condemn the actions necessitating [the officer’s] dismissal and applaud the police for their quick action in this matter,” a spokesperson for the Downingtown School District said.
Officials have not revealed what the officer is accused of doing with the teen.
“This does not speak for our department if the allegations have any substance to it,” Chief Holland said. “But if there are allegations that are true, this is detrimental to all police officers across this nation, all SROs (school resource officers) across this nation, particularly female police officers.”
NBC10 reached out to the former officer for comment. We have not yet heard back from her.