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Jacksonville Police Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

A Jacksonville police officer was fired Wednesday, after he was arrested, accused of multiple sexual assaults while on duty.

Officer Larry Pugh was in federal court today.  He was a part of the Jacksonville Police Department for three years. He pleaded not guilty to all five of the charges he's facing. In the  indictments, he's accused of sexually assaulting five different women multiple times, all while on duty and in uniform. The FBI officers on the case say this is an abuse of power.

"This involves a police officer operating in uniform to take advantage of the fact that he is in a position of trust. One of the concerns we have is that he would have been trading freedom from prosecution to these individuals in exchange for sexual favors," Fbi Agent Peter Galbraith said.

"Pugh" has been on paid leave since October. In a statement from the police department today, they say they launched an immediate investigation when allegations were made against him. They were forced to fire him, when the FBI made their arrest. The statement goes on to say, "It is deeply regretful that Mr. Pugh involved himself in this type of conduct, but he left the agency with no other choice but to act in this manner. "

If Larry Pugh is convicted of all the charges he could face up to five years in prison.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting. lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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