Last Friday, Phoenix Police Officer Timothy Morris was arrested on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.
Sgt. Jonathan Howard said in an interview with Fox 10 that a 23-year-old woman had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by the officer, who had taken her into police custody.
Morris, for his part, has admitted to these crimes.
The woman and Morris both agree that Morris contacted her at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Friday regarding what he said was a misdemeanor arrest warrant.
But after raping her, Officer Morris released the woman without arrest, Howard explained.
Morris was arrested near his home on one count of sexual assault and kidnapping. The police department says he has been with them since 2008.
Whether his intentions were to formally confess or not, Morris admitted to his actions when he was questioned about the incident. He immediately resigned from his job with the Department, according to Howard.
Chief of Police, Joseph Yahner released the following statement:
“The Phoenix Police Department took immediate action when this incident was brought to our attention. We responded quickly and decisively to ensure public trust and confidence. We hold our officers accountable to the highest standards. In addition to initiating the criminal investigation, the Phoenix Police Department began an internal investigation to address Officer Morris’s employment status however he resigned. I am extremely disappointed in the actions of Mr. Morris, the Phoenix Police Department will continue to hold its officers to the highest standards to ensure the trust and confidence of the community we serve.”
Watch the local report fromPhoenix’s CBS 5 below…
(Article by Jackson Marciana)