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Report: Nearly 1,000 police officers have lost badges for sexual misconduct

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Nearly 1,000 police officers have lost their law enforcement licenses for sexual assault, or other sex offenses, in the past six years, according to a newly released report from the Associated Press.

The Associated Press conducted an investigation that delved into officer disciplining records from 2009 through 2014. The report focused on the records of state and local police, sheriff’s officials, prison guards and school resource officers. It excluded federal officer reports.

Of the 990 officers who lost their law enforcement licenses because of sexual assault or other sex-related allegations, 549 of them faced allegations of rape, child molestation and other acts meeting the Department of Justice's definition of sexual assault.

A total of 441 officers lost their licenses for possessing child pornography, sexting and propositioning people in exchange for letting them get away with crimes.

The report found that 310 officers engaged in sex acts with victims under the age of 18, the number includes school resource officers and those working in police youth programs, and 154 officers lost their licenses for sex acts with jail or prison inmates.  

According to the Associated Press, the Missouri Department of Public Safety decertified 144 officers from 2009 to 2014. Twenty-six of the officers lost their licenses for sex-related misconduct.

In Illinois, the Associated Press found 62 officers were decertified over the six year period. Ten of those officers lost their licenses for sex-related misconduct.

According to the Associated Press’ report, some states did not provide information or officers were not disciplined for their alleged actions.

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