A police officer of the Columbus Ohio suburb of Hilliard has been accused of having sex with a woman in a local park. The alleged misconduct of the male police officer stems from his alleged contact with the woman, whom he arrested in 2009 and according to 10-TV, “was transported and slated” by the officer. He allegedly had sex with a second woman in a park while on duty.
Although 10-TV did not release the officer’s name, NBC-4 identified him as Officer David Burck. Burck has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of investigation into the matter.
What is known about Officer Burck is that prior to 2013, the 10 year veteran of the force received several letters and reports in his personnel file praising him for his exemplary service. One such commendation was for “bravery,” in 2005. In 2010, he was twice commended for “exceptional service.”
The types of notices in his personnel file changed drastically in 2013, citing his “lack of performance and repeated violations of rules, regulations and policy,” according to the 10-TV report. He was determined to be at fault when he totaled his cruiser; when the vehicle was searched, marijuana and “paraphernalia” was discovered. The officer claimed he did “not know” how the drugs came to be in his cruiser.
Due to the numerous recent issues prior to the allegations of sexual misconduct, the Hilliard officer was ordered to undergo a “fitness for duty” evaluation.
If it is determined that Burck committed any crimes, Hilliard Police Chief Douglas Francis indicated he will face criminal charges. Thusfar, Burck has not released a public statement regarding the sexual misconduct allegations.