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Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:00 am

Chief to seek firing of officer facing charges

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

As one Fort Wayne police officer awaits extradition from California on sexual misconduct charges with a 16-year-old girl, another officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Andrew Beck, a Fort Wayne officer since 2006 who worked part-time as a school resource officer at Wayne High School, was preliminarily charged Thursday with child seduction, providing obscene matter and performances before minors and possession of child pornography, according to a news release from Indiana State Police.

Police Chief Steve Reed on Friday expressed shock over the allegations and said Beck's behavior would never be tolerated. Reed said he requested Beck be moved to unpaid status and will recommend he be fired.

In a separate query, the FWPD confirmed that Officer Eric Dorais was placed on administrative leave. He is under investigation, although Sofia Rosales-Scatena, FWPD public information officer, would not say why. 

An investigation by ISP and Allen County Sheriff's Department into Beck's alleged misconduct started in April after a report surfaced he was engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct through social media. 

The investigation was turned over to the Allen County prosecutor's office for review and charges will be filed, the release said.

Beck was out of state on military order but was taken into custody Thursday evening with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service. He was being held in Rancho Cucamonga, California, until extradition.

jduffy@jg.net