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Kansas ex-cop charged with serial assault

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Hutchinson, Kansas — Former police officer charged A series of sex offenses occurred while working for the Hutchinson Police Department in Kansas between 2012 and 2018, according to authorities.

Todd Allen, 51, who served as a Hutchinson police officer for nearly 20 years, has been charged with 17 felonies, including multiple charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated lewd conduct. Indicted on 24 counts. Child,Hutchinson his news reported.

Hutchinson Police Chief Jeffrey Hooper and District Attorney Tom Stanton declined to comment on evidence linking Allen to the crime.

The criminal complaint named 10 victims of sexual assault and five others who claimed invasion of privacy. .

Allen was held on $250,000 bail. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

According to news, Allen served as school resource officer at 11 schools, at least from 1996 until he was in 2001.

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Hooper said at a press conference Wednesday that a sexual assault occurred in a city park shortly after he took over as mayor in 2018. became clear. Officers linked the assault to several other previous assaults and appeared to be tied to one person.

The assaults stopped after Hooper went public with his alleged assault in 2018, he said.

Allen, who joined the Hutchinson Police Department in 1994, resigned shortly after his sexual assault was made public in 2018.

These cases were put on hold this year when Hutchinson Police began investigating them. Hooper said of the number of complaints about loitering and "window peeping". Officers were able to determine that these calls were clearly related to a previous sexual assault, which Allen said Wednesday.

In 2018, Hooper said the victims were all women between the ages of 15 and 28 and that all assaults occurred between 9:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Told. and early in the morning. He said the perpetrator would approach the woman sitting in the car, shine a bright light on the woman's face, and identify himself as a police officer or park security guard. in 2018, Hooper said in 2018, he told the victim to get out of the car and assaulted him.

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