Lake Station police detective faces June 18 disciplinary hearing

2013-05-11T20:30:00Z 2013-05-11T23:28:04Z Lake Station police detective faces June 18 disciplinary hearingDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | A June 18 disciplinary hearing has been set for a Lake Station police detective accused of displaying inappropriate behavior on social media, City Attorney Ray Szarmach said.

The hearing for Gerardo Baldazo has been scheduled to be held in executive session before the Lake Station Board of Public Works, Szarmach said.

The hearing has been continued several times, including one session set for May 28.

Baldazo, who has been a longtime police detective for the department, was placed on patrol late last year pending the outcome of the hearing, Szarmach said.

In the interim, Baldazo is receiving the same pay he did as a police detective.

Baldazo could not be reached for comment.

Baldazo's Indianapolis attorney, Andrew Duncan, also could not be reached for immediate comment.

Szarmach said Baldazo's disciplinary charges include disobeying a direct order from Police Chief Kevin Garber and conduct unbecoming to an officer.

Baldazo is alleged to have placed a photograph of himself on his Facebook page demonstrating an inappropriate sexual gesture, Szarmach said.

Garber could not be reached for comment.

Baldazo continues to serve as the president of the Lake Station Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 153.

The FOP for the past five years has helped sponsor the annual Shop With a Cop assistance program, which entails a shopping trip for local children to the Meijer store in Merrillville.

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