LPD asks for and receives resignation from officer involved

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (February 26, 2021) – Today the City of Loveland released a statement regarding action taken in response to claims involving a (now) former officer. What follows is the complete text of the Press Release from the office of City Manager David Kennedy. 

UPDATED VERSION 5:30 p.m. 2/26/2021 – LOVELAND, OH – Response from City Manager Dave Kennedy earlier today offered no additional details. “This is a personnel matter and it is the policy of the city not to comment on such matters,” Kennedy wrote in his email reply. “This matter is being handled by the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office.”  Likewise, Loveland Police Chief Sean Rahe deferred to the earlier statement released by the City of Loveland in the morning Press Release (below). However other news sources following the story have reported the Loveland Police Officer who resigned was being investigated for sexual assault. Additional sources have reported information unconfirmed by Loveland Beacon stating the “sexual assault” was a male police officer assaulting another male police officer. Again, that is unconfirmed by Loveland Beacon. The alleged incident took place while the officer was off duty and outside the City of Loveland. 

CITY OF LOVELAND’S RESPONSE TO CLAIMS INVOLVING FORMER OFFICER

LOVELAND, OHIO (February 26, 2021)

 LOVELAND – A police officer was placed on administrative leave as soon as allegations involving him related to off-duty conduct were reported to the City. Once notified of the allegations, the City immediately retained an outside investigator.   Throughout the process, the City has cooperated fully with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office in this matter. 

As the matter progressed, the City requested and received the officer’s resignation. Our focus and concern has been, and continues to be, for the safety and well-being of the injured party.  The City respects the criminal justice process and remains committed to providing the residents of Loveland with the level of service and protection they deserve and expect as this matter proceeds through the system.

Any additional details will be reported here on Loveland Beacon as they become available. Loveland Beacon has reached out to City Officials and LPD Chief Sean Rahe for comment on the matter. 

Sean Rahe, Chief, Loveland Police Department (Provided)

David Kennedy, Loveland City Manager (File)