Leesburg police officer charged with sexual misconduct
LEESBURG, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Leesburg police officer has been arrested following a months-long investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct.
On Wednesday afternoon, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed an arrest warrant on Henri Bart Larue, 25, for sexual battery by a law enforcement officer with a firearm.
The Leesburg Police Department was made aware of the allegation by a department member in early October of last year. Since then, an internal investigation was opened by the department and a request was made to the FDLE to conduct a parallel investigation.
"The allegations were of a criminal nature and are taken very seriously by the administration of the Leesburg Police Department," said Leesburg Police Captain Rob Hicks.
Larue was originally employed with the Leesburg Police Department on March 15, 2012 and was placed on paid administrative leave October 5, 2012 immediately following the criminal allegations.
Larue has filed a confidentiality request regarding his jail booking photograph; therefore, it will not be released to the public. He also declined a FOX 35 request for an interview.