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Patrol officer on paid leave after being accused of rape while off-duty

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A Jackson police officer is on paid administrative leave as an ongoing investigation into an accusation that he raped a woman while off-duty is being conducted, according to a Thursday afternoon news release from the Jackson Police Department.

Police said a 39-year-old woman reported on April 4 that she was raped inside her Jackson apartment by a male acquaintance, who is employed as a Jackson police patrol officer.

The patrol officer was not on-duty when the incident allegedly occurred, the release said.

JPD Command placed the patrol officer on paid administrative leave, on the day the incident was reported by the woman, while the investigation is conducted by the department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

The name of the officer and how many years he has been with the department had not been released to the public Thursday night.

The release said because of the ongoing investigation, the department will not be making further comments about their investigation.

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