Deputy resigns after being accused of assaulting teen in park

Friday, July 27, 2007 | 2:28 p.m. CDT; updated 7:16 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

LEE’S SUMMIT — A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy resigned today after being accused of sodomizing a 15-year-old girl in a Sibley park.

Authorities are still investigating the incident and haven’t charged the suspect, who isn’t being identified pending charges being filed.

The girl told investigators that the deputy, described as being 34 years old, approached her and her friends at Hayes Park around 2 a.m. Tuesday. She said the deputy told her friends to leave and then sodomized her before taking her back to her aunt’s home.

The deputy, who had worked at the Sheriff’s Office since August 2005, had been placed on administrative leave after the report.

“These allegations are embarrassing and very unfortunate for the sheriff’s office, the county and all members of law enforcement,” Sheriff Tim Phillips said in a release. “However, should misconduct be found on behalf of the deputy, it will not be tolerated.”

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