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Kansas ex-cop charged with serial assault

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HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) — A former police officer who worked for the Hutchinson, Kansas police department was charged Thursday with a series of sex crimes between 2012 and 2018, officials said. said.

Todd Allen, 51, who served as a Hutchinson police officer for nearly 20 years, has been charged with 24 counts, including 17 felonies, including multiple charges including rape, kidnapping and aggravated child molestation. An indictment has been filed, Hutchinson News reported.

Hutchinson Police Chief Jeffrey Hooper and District Attorney Tom Stanton declined to comment on evidence linking Allen to the crime. He also declined to say whether Allen wore a uniform.

Five people were listed.

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

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

Hooper said at a press conference Wednesday that he was sexually assaulted in a city park shortly afterward. He became Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Officers linked the assault to several others that had occurred earlier 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.

At the break, Hutchinson Police began investigating a series of complaints about loitering and "peeping through windows," Hooper said. Officers were able to determine that these calls were apparently related to a previous sexual assault, and Allen was arrested Wednesday. was a woman between the ages of 15 and 28 and said all of the assaults occurred between 9:30 pm and 9:30 pm. 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.