Flint police officer accused of sexually abusing young female
FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A Flint police officer has been arrested during an investigation into sexual abuse involving a young female, under the age of 12.
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson announced the arrest of 36-year-old Justin McLeod on Wednesday afternoon. McLeod has worked with the Flint Police Department for five years and is part of the department’s K-9 unit.
Swanson said the arrest came after an investigation Sunday night at a residence in Flushing Township. The alleged victim confided in someone who called a nurse who works with the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team, which started the investigation.
Police believe McLeod sexually abused the young female countless times over the past two years. Swanson described the alleged victim as a juvenile female within the officer’s “circle of influence.”
He said authorities searched the residence and moved the alleged victim to a safe place in collaboration with Voices for Children Advocacy Center. She took part in a forensic interview with the organization, which led to the suspect’s arrest.
Swanson said prosecutors were reviewing the case and he expects several counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct to be filed against McLeod later Wednesday.
The Flint Police Department is aware of McLeod’s arrest. The Sheriff said the officer is off the job. Flint Police Chief Terence Green said McLeod has been placed on unpaid administrative leave while termination proceedings are under way.
“No one is above the law, especially police officers,” Green said. “We will continue to hold our police to the highest standards and nothing less will ever be acceptable in the City of Flint.”
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