Miami-Dade police officer under investigation for alleged ‘crime against a child’

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A police officer was relieved of duty and is under investigation for an alleged crime against a child, the Miami-Dade Police Department announced on Thursday.

Detective Alvaro Zabaleta released a statement saying detectives are questioning the officer after the department started the investigation in coordination with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

”A crime against a child is intolerable and will never be accepted. It sickens me to learn that one of our law enforcement officers is involved in betraying that trust,” Director George A. Perez said in a statement.

Perez also said he is committed to a transparent process and the department will provide an update on the ongoing investigation.

Director’s complete statement:

“Our children trust us to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. Not only as law enforcement, but as a father, a crime against a child is intolerable and will never be accepted. It sickens me to learn that one of our law enforcement officers is involved in betraying that trust. We will ensure transparency to our community and will provide an update as this investigation continues.”


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