Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Deputy Charged with Sexual Assault of 16 year old

An Outagamie County sheriff's deputy is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl and two counts of disorderly conduct while off-duty.

Police say the girl attended the same high school in Freedom where 35-year-old Adam Burrows was the police school liaison officer.

The criminal complaint in the case accuses the deputy of inappropriately touching the girl while she was camping with another family near Lake Poygan in July.

According to the complaint, while the 16-year-old girl alleges Burrows kissed her inside his cabin, investigators say the teenager told them Burrows put his hand down her pants out by a campfire in front of at least one other person.

According to the complaint, the girl "says she kept trying to move around the fire but the defendant kept following her. She thought the defendant was pretty drunk."

Police say the teen said she knows the sheriff's deputy because she goes to school at Freedom High School where Burrows was the police school liaison officer.

It's a position at the school Burrows no longer holds.

Burrows is on paid administrative leave pending the criminal and an internal investigation.

"The misconduct in question here took place when he was off-duty and out of the county, and not related to his assignment (as liaison officer). Still, any alleged conduct of that nature is of great concern to the department," Captain Mike Jobe, Outagamie County Sheriff's Department, said.

Burrows was not home when we tried to talk to him, but his attorney says the allegations are simply not true.

"I think you know when everything comes out we're fairly confident that Adam is going to be vindicated," attorney Rob Bellin said. "There's going to be plenty of evidence that that story is just not believable."

But the 16-year old isn't the only one alleging misconduct by the off-duty officer, according to this criminal complaint. A woman says Burrows kept putting his arm around her and then tackled her to the ground.

She's the same woman who told police that she removed Burrows's hand from the pants of the 16-year-old girl.

According to the criminal complaint, police say she told him, "She's 16, and if you ever touch her again, I'll kill you."

If he is found guilty, the deputy could spend more than a year behind bars.,0,4092128.story

UPDATE: Officer William Wike Junior Accused of Fondling 15-year old


A Huntington city police officer accused of fondling a 15-year old girl has now been taken off the city pay roll.

The Huntington Board Of Public Works voted to suspend William Wike Junior without pay pending the outcome of his trial.

The eight-year department veteran is charged with one count of sexual misconduct with a minor, a class "C" felony.

According to court documents, Wike allegedly fondled a 15-year old girl several times, between November of 2006 and January of 2007.

But since Wike has not gone to trial yet and the city has to be careful with each step it takes.

Huntington mayor steve updike said, “the procedure is to give the officer, innocent or guilty, the right to go through all the steps to protect himself and to protect our rights as far as the city is concerned. This is just one of the steps that cities and towns take in actions like this.”

Wike's next court appearance is October 30th.

He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Officer T. A. Paylor Accused of Hitting Woman in Face


A Durham police officer has been placed on paid leave after being arrested on assault charges Sunday.

Officer T.A. Paylor is accused of hitting a woman in the face, causing her nose to bleed and splitting her lip, and holding her against her will, according to an arrest warrant.

Paylor, 42, was released from the Durham County jail after posting a $30,000 bond the same day. The department's Professional Standards Division is reviewing the case, which is standard procedure.

Paylor is a crime prevention officer who joined the department in 1996. His next court appearance will be Oct. 13.

Officer Henry Smallwood Caught Smoking Marijuana at Park


An off-duty D.C. police officer is facing drug charges after authorities say he was caught smoking marijuana and tried to run.

Sergeant Robert Lachance of the U.S. Park Police say two suspicious men were found smoking in a Rock Creek Park picnic area. Police found marijuana on the scene.

D.C. police confirmed that one of the men is an officer in the department. They identified him as Henry Smallwood and said he has been on the force for 18 years.

Lachance says that after park police confronted them, Smallwood ran to the parking lot and drove a few blocks. He then ditched his vehicle and tried to flee on foot, but was caught.

The officer faces charges for narcotics violations and possibly fleeing to elude. He is currently on administrative leave.