Warsaw Patrol Officer Resigns During Investigation

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell
By Rachel Martin

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Timothy Whitwright, the Warsaw Police officer accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old Warsaw Community High School student has resigned.

Police Chief Scott Whitaker said Whitwright turned in his letter of resignation Tuesday morning. The city's Board of Public Works and Safety held a meeting Wednesday night to determine whether Timothy Whitwright should be dismissed from the force and to discuss the charges against him.

Whitwright has been on paid administrative leave.

“Tonight was to eliminate this officer one way or another. Because of his actions, what I would consider despicable actions, of the trust that was placed in him, we needed to resolve that,” Joe Thallemer, Warsaw Mayor-Elect said.

Thallemer said the members of the Board are relieved Whitwright resigned because it's immediate. The termination process would have taken several months, and they keep him on paid administrative leave throughout. Members of the Board of Works said they consider Whitwright's resignation an admittance of his guilt.

“The Board of Works felt that with the charges that were leveled, what I would consider admission by his resignation, that these charges had merit,” Thallemer said. “It was the quickest way to take care of it.”

Whitwright is charged with Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer, and Neglect or Disobedience of Order, meaning he conducted personal business while on police duty.

Allegations surfaced the beginning of November, that he began an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old Warsaw Community High School student while serving as a security officer there. A report from Chief Whitaker said Whitwright got a hold of the girl's number through one of her friends and began sending her numerous inappropriate text messages, including asking what car she was driving so he could pull her over and "frisk" her.

The report said Whitwright also met the student at a friend’s house and kissed her, placing his hands around her waist. Whitwright also had conversations of a sexual nature with other students about the relationship.

The Warsaw Police Department will conduct a full investigation. After that, the prosecution will decide whether to file criminal charges.

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