Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Police Officers Sexual Misconduct with Minors

a more widespread problem?

Police Chief "Shocked" By Officer's Arrest

By LYNN DOAN | Courant Staff Writer
12:18 PM EDT, October 30, 2007

East Windsor [Connecticut] Police Chief Edward DeMarco Jr. said today that he was "shocked" following the arrest of one of his officers for allegedly using the Internet to persuade an 11-year-old girl to have sex with him.

DeMarco announced in a press conference today that the police department is conducting an internal investigation that will determine whether Officer Darren Seligman, 38, used town equipment to engage in the illegal activity or violated any other department policies. DeMarco said he was notified by FBI officials Monday that they had an active arrest warrant for Seligman, a Mansfield resident who has been with the department for four and a half years.

With the assistance of East Windsor police, DeMarco said, FBI agents arrested Seligman, a U.S. Army veteran, Monday when he arrived early for his night shift.

"The allegations are most definitely shocking," said DeMarco, who has a 14-year-old daughter. "We're law enforcement officials, but we're parents as well."

East Windsor Police Capt. Roger Hart said Seligman has two children of his own. Hart said he believed Seligman is either separated or divorced.

Seligman is being detained pending a detention hearing set for Thursday at 10 a.m. in Hartford. If convicted, Seligman faces a minimum 10-year prison sentence and a fine of as much as $250,000. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

His case was being investigated by the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal state and local law enforcement agencies.

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