Friday, October 19, 2007

Police officer accused of touching teen turns himself in

Amy L. Edwards

Sentinel Staff Writer

5:03 PM EDT, October 19, 2007

A Kissimmee police officer turned himself in to Seminole County authorities today to face a count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

Officer Leo Martinez, 31, who has been with the Kissimmee Police Department since 2000, has been suspended without pay.

According to a Seminole County Sheriff's Office report, a 15-year-old girl said Martinez inappropriately touched her in July while she was in bed.

Martinez is a patrol officer in Kissimmee's DUI unit, the police department reported.

"These allegations are disturbing," said Kissimmee Police Chief Fran Iwanski. "We will continue to assist Seminole County in their investigation as well as move forward with our internal investigation."

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