BELOIT

A former Beloit police officer was arrested Saturday on suspicion of child sexual assault, according to a Beloit police news release issued Monday.

Larry Woods, 62, of Beloit recently worked as a security guard for the Beloit School District and Beloit Public Library, the news release states. Woods is on administrative leave from the library.

The child’s mother shared information about the sexual assault Saturday, according to the release, and Woods was taken into custody the same day.

Woods retired as a patrol officer in 2007.

“The allegations against a former officer are abhorrent and tarnish the badge that so many men and women are proud to wear,” Police Chief David Zibolski said in the release. “Woods’ actions with this child betray the community that he swore to protect.”

The release states that no further information will be provided Monday, but a press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the police department.

People with information about Woods are encouraged to call the Beloit Police Department at 608-757-2244.

“This is an active, ongoing investigation,” the release states.

Woods also is expected to appear Tuesday in Rock County Court, according to the release.

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