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Crime & Punishment: Avon Police Officer Allegedly Sent Inappropriate Messages to His D.A.R.E. Students
Avon Police Officer Todd Akerley interacted with his D.A.R.E students online and through text messages, and while his communications were not criminal or predatory, the middle-schoolers did find them "weird" and "creepy," according to an internal investigation that led to Akerley's dismissal. The 35-year-old officer reportedly shared links to adult websites on Facebook in view of the pre-teens he had befriended through the school anti-drug program — or as one adorable sixth-grade boy said in the most awkward WFSB news interview ever: "I guess he was following these inappropriate people that was showing us their parts or something like that." Akerly allegedly texted an 11-year-old girl about her sleepover, offering to "come over if u need help watching movies, finishing food, ice cream, etc. when u have ur fun nights," causing her parents to complain. Police clearing out Akerley's locker reportedly found condoms and sex toys.
By Nick Keppler
October 22, 2013