A Lincoln police officer has resigned after being placed on administrative leave when the Nebraska State Patrol notified Chief Jeff Bliemeister the officer was under criminal investigation for sexual assault.
Bliemeister declined requests by the news media to discuss the investigation, issuing a written statement instead.
Bliemeister said NSP notified him of “an inappropriate relationship and sexual assault report” against a Lincoln Police Officer. NSP stated the incident began with a prior contact in an official capacity. Bliemeister stated the department is actively cooperating with the NSP criminal investigation.
“I have a firm belief in the criminal justice system, the investigative skills of the Nebraska State Patrol, their collaboration with the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office and the administrative investigatory process in place within the Lincoln Police Department. These are designed to immediately address complaints of wrongdoing. I trust in these systems and believe they will result in an appropriate outcome,” Bliemeister said in the written statement.
The officer was placed on administrative leave October 18th. The officer resigned on the 20th.
Bliemeister said the Lincoln Police Department will continue an internal investigation as the NSP completes its investigation.
“To protect the integrity of the Nebraska State Patrol’s process, our internal investigation and the employee, I am not releasing the name or any other details at this juncture. I want to assure the citizens of Lincoln that any assertion of wrong doing will be investigated thoroughly,” Bliemeister said in the written statement.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.