FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The Fort Wayne Police Department’s Police Chief has weighed in on the allegations against one of the department’s officers.
Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported that an investigation into allegations made against officer Andrew Beck started in April. Investigators say Beck used social media to sexually communicate with a 16-year-old Wayne High School student when he worked there as a part-time resource officer.
Beck is facing charges of child seduction, providing obscene matter and performances before minors, and possession of child pornography.
Chief Steve Reed released the following statement on the investigation on Friday:
“As Chief of the Fort Wayne Police Department I am shocked and disturbed over these allegations and I want to ensure the community that this behavior will never be tolerated within this agency.
When I was notified by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office that there may be a criminal matter involving one of my employees I moved to be as forthcoming with any information that we had to assist in the matter. The Allen County Sheriff and the Indiana State Police have handled this investigation and have arrested the offender.
At this point I will be requesting to move Beck to an unpaid status and will seek termination after it is adjudicated. Our department will continue its efforts make Fort Wayne a safe community and will never stop moving in a positive direction toward that goal.”