Miami Beach police officer accused of sexual misconduct while on duty

Jorge Ortega suspended with pay while department investigates

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A Miami Beach police officer has been suspended after he was accused of sexual misconduct while on duty.

Officer Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department, said Wednesday that Officer Jorge Ortega has been suspended with pay while the department conducts an internal affairs investigation.

"The department became aware of the allegation a little more than a week ago and launched a full investigation," Miami Beach police Chief Daniel Oates said. "My action today is a reflection of the seriousness of the matter and the evidence that has been collected thus far."

Oates said Ortega joined the force in March 2016.

Police did not give any further details about the allegations, including when or where the alleged misconduct took place.