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Edgerton set to fill police vacancy

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Stacy Vogel
June 16, 2009
— Edgerton is looking for a new police officer after an officer resigned under charges of misconduct.

The city council unanimously approved filling the vacancy Monday.


Officer Victor Torres resigned June 5 after a report accused him of sleeping while on duty and having sex while on duty in a squad car, outside the city and at a public park.


Chief Tom Klubertanz submitted the four-page report to the police and fire commission at the end of May, shortly after Torres admitted to the allegations, according to the report.


The woman involved told the police department about the sexual activity March 24, according to the report. The allegations also surfaced Nov. 26, 2008, according to the report, though it's unclear if the woman or someone else brought the allegations in that instance.


Klubertanz refused to answer questions about the case Monday.


According to the report:


The violations occurred between June 2007 and November 2008. The woman said she and Torres had sexual relations in "out-of-the-way" places, including West Industrial Park, Racetrack Park, the school district campus and the city's water tower.


The department started an internal investigation in November, and Torres denied the allegations in writing. After the second set of allegations, the Rock County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation and Torres again denied them.


Torres apparently had a change of heart May 22 and submitted a written statement admitting to having sex while on duty. He also admitted to sleeping while on duty.


The sheriff's investigation found evidence supporting the accusations, including records from the automated vehicle locators in each squad car and e-mails between Torres and the woman.


In the report, Klubertanz accused Torres of neglect of duty, insubordination and improper conduct.


Klubertanz told The Edgerton Reporter that Torres had been on administrative leave since March and probably would have faced a public hearing if he had not resigned.


He told the Reporter that Torres has not been accused of criminal activity.


The city council approved filling Torres' position without discussion Monday. For the last several years, the city has required all hiring to be approved by the city council, but Administrator Ramona Flanigan could not recall the council refusing to fill a vacancy during that time, she said.


The new officer will start at $18.62 an hour under union contract, Flanigan said.



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