JUDGE: FWPD officer facing child solicitation charge must turn in badge, gun

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – An Allen County Judge ordered a Fort Wayne Police officer accused of sex crimes involving a teen to turn in his badge and his weapons at a bail review hearing Friday.

In court on Friday, the judge set bond for suspended FWPD Sgt. Andrew Beck for a total of $15,000.

He bonded out Friday evening and is no longer behind bars.

The judge also told Officer Beck to turn in all of his weapons along with his badge.

Another stipulation for his bail was that no person under 18 years of age can live in his home.

His next court date is set for Dec. 2.

Beck was arrested last month in California on charges of child solicitation, dissemination of matter harmful to minors and possession of child pornography.

Beck was on military deployment at the time of the arrest.

He has since been on paid suspension by the Fort Wayne Police Department. A spokesperson told ABC21 the Board of Public Safety vote does not mean the immediate termination of pay, but is a step toward it.

According to court documents, a Wayne High School student told another school resource officer in early April that Andrew Beck had a relationship with a 16-year-old student.

The teen victim told detectives that she would talk to Beck using Snapchat. She said their conversations were sexual in nature and Beck would send nude photos of himself.

She said there was at least one time that Beck sent her a Snapchat saying he was outside her house, and she looked outside and saw an unmarked police SUV parked down the road.

Beck is a 13-year veteran of the FWPD.

According to court documents, a Wayne High School student told another school resource officer in early April that Andrew Beck had a relationship with a 16-year-old student.

The teen victim told detectives that she would talk to Beck using Snapchat. She said their conversations were sexual in nature and Beck would send nude photos of himself.

She said there was at least one time that Beck sent her a Snapchat saying he was outside her house, and she looked outside and saw an unmarked police SUV parked down the road.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.
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