Troopers asked to investigate Lake County officer's conduct

2013-09-23T18:15:00Z 2013-09-24T00:48:04Z Troopers asked to investigate Lake County officer's conductBy Bill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
September 23, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | State police are investigating allegations that a Lake County police officer recently committed a sexual assault while on duty.

John Bushemi, an attorney for Sheriff John Buncich, said Monday afternoon the sheriff requested state police step in to conduct the investigation "as an independent agency."

State police Sgt. Ann Wojas, a spokeswoman for the state police post in Lowell, said Monday in a written statement that state police policy requires that the name of the target of the investigation and the victim not be disclosed at this point. Bushemi said the sheriff won't release names, either.

Bushemi said the sheriff first learned of the allegations Friday. 

"The investigation by state police is of the officer for alleged on-duty conduct," he said.

"The sheriff learned it through the chain of command and immediately placed the officer on administrative leave and has relieved the officer under investigation of his police duties until further notice. The sheriff is waiting for the results of the state police investigation."

Neither Wojas nor the sheriff would disclose the time, place or circumstances of the alleged crime. Wojas said once the investigation is completed, "it will be given to the proper prosecution authority."

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