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Southport police reserve police officer charged with criminal confinement, neglect

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Posted at 7:51 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 22:01:31-05

SOUTHPORT — A reserve officer with the Southport Police Department was charged Monday after state police detectives say he handcuffed his son and left him alone in the department's intake holding area.

A warrant for the officer was issued Monday for criminal confinement and neglect of a dependent after he allegedly used his position as an attempted scare tactic for his teenage son, Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine said in a press release.

RTV6 is not naming the officer to protect the identity of his son.

The officer allegedly handcuffed his son and left him unattended in the intake holding area of the Southport Police Department, Perrine said. He then allegedly took his son while he was still handcuffed to the Marion County Jail's Adult Processing Center, parked in an area only for police vehicles, stayed in the car with his son, and then drove back to his home.

"The Southport Police Department has been fully cooperative with this investigation," Perrine said in the release.

The reserve officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the Southport police chief, Perrine said.

The investigation began in January after a Franklin High School staff member was made aware of the situation, Perrine said.