UD cop charged

Of­fi­cer on leave af­ter child abuse ar­rest

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

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