UD cop charged
Officer on leave after child abuse arrest
An officer from the University of Delaware Police Department was arrested last week and charged with child abuse, police reported.
Bernard Innocent, 29, was arrested by New Castle County Police on Feb 1., following a months-long investigation, according to Master Cpl. Heather Carter, a county police spokeswoman.
Carter did not detail the allegations against Innocent but stated that the alleged offenses were not related to UD or his duties as a police officer.
“We want to protect the victim involved,” Carter said. “We’re not releasing any details of the investigation.”
Innocent was charged with third-degree child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors. He was released on $2,000 unsecured bond and ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim.
UDPD Chief Patrick Ogden said he learned of the allegation Nov. 1 and immediately suspended Innocent.
“The conduct of this officer falls well short of the expectations of the University of Delaware,” Ogden said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to cooperate with the criminal investigation, as we complete our own internal investigation.”
According to UD’s website, Innocent joined the department in October 2011. A cached version of the police department’s online directory lists him at the rank of master police officer, but by Feb. 1, it appeared his name had been removed from the website.