Greenfield police officer resigns after sexting with jewelry thief suspect
Charles Benson reports Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
GREENFIELD- A police officer is out of a job, accused of an inappropriate relationship with a suspect in a theft investigation.
The Greenfield police officer resigned back in September, just days before the police chief was going to file misconduct charges to have him fired.
Police say they got a tip back in August that one of their own allegedly started a relationship with a female suspect in a jewelry theft.
Investigators later learned the 29-year-old officer and female "exchanged several consensual text messages including photos," according to police and that the messages from the officer "were sexually explicit."
Greenfield resident Michele Kamper is deeply troubled by the allegation.
"I'm curious what the standards are for police officers? How are they are upheld?"
The officer with six years of on the job experience was initially suspended with pay, but the chief later wanted him fired for allegedly violating department policy.
"I just believe a person in authority should know where the line is and not cross it," said Kamper.
In a written statement, Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said: "The officer involved in this matter clearly engaged in behavior which does not conform to the high level of standards we expect of our personnel."
The female suspect was never charged, police say there was not enough evidence.