Allegations raised of indecent liberties
A Monroe police officer has been put on paid suspension after allegations of indecent liberties with a minor. Police Sgt. Joe Pressley was suspended with pay, as the department checks into accusations involving a 15 year old girl. Union County District Attorney Trey Robinson, working with Chief Debra Duncan, asked the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the case.
In the spring of this year, Pressley is alleged to have inappropriately touched the girl while off duty.
“Police officers are not above the law and must be held accountable for his/her actions or non-actions,” Duncan said in a release to media. “It is important to remember that as with all persons accused of a crime, there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.”
At this point, Duncan said, there is only an investigation and no charges have been filed. The SBI was asked to come in to provide an independent investigator.
“It is standard in these types of complaints to ask a third party law enforcement agency to conduct the investigation so as to dispel any perception of impropriety or cover up,” Duncan said, adding that Pressley will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is finished.
A 15 year veteran of the police department, Pressley was operating out of the Patrol Division. Monroe police said they would have no further comment on the matter and directed any questions about the investigation to the SBI.