FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — The Fort Wayne Police Department is responding after one of their officers was taken into custody Thursday.
ABC21 previously reported that officer Andrew Beck was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals while out of state serving in the military.
He faces charges after investigators say they discovered evidence Beck used social media to sexually communicate with a 16-year-old Wayne High School Student.
In a statement, Chief Steve Reed said he was shocked and disturbed over the allegations. He is requesting to move Beck to an unpaid status and eventual termination.
You can read Chief Reed’s full statement below.
As Chief of the Fort Wayne Police Department I am shocked and disturbed over these allegations and I want to ensure the community that this behavior will never be tolerated within this agency.
When I was notified by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office that there may be a criminal matter involving one of my employees I moved to be as forthcoming with any information that we had to assist in the matter. The Allen County Sheriff and the Indiana State Police have handled this investigation and have arrested the offender.
At this point I will be requesting to move Beck to an unpaid status and will seek termination after it is adjudicated. Our department will continue its efforts make Fort Wayne a safe community and will never stop moving in a positive direction toward that goal.
Chief Steve Reed
Fort Wayne Police Department