FWPD officer arrested for child pornography

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): An investigation into a Fort Wayne Police officer by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police has led to the officer’s arrest.

Sgt. Andrew Beck, who is currently out-of-state on military orders, was taken into custody by the US Marshals Service last night in California on charges of child seduction, providing obscene matter and performances before minors, and possession of child pornography. He will be extradited back to Indiana.

The ISP says the joint investigation was launched last April after a report was made to a Wayne High School Resource Officer, alleging that Beck was having an inappropriate relationship with a student. He was working as a part-time School Resource Officer at Wayne at the time.

The investigation led police to social media account activity described as having a “sexual nature” with a 16-year-old girl.

WOWO News received the following statement from Chief Steve Reed:

“As Chief of the Fort Wayne Police Department I am shocked and disturbed over these allegations and I want to ensure the community that this behavior will never be tolerated within this agency. When I was notified by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office that there may be a criminal matter involving one of my employees I moved to be as forthcoming with any information that we had to assist in the matter. The Allen County Sheriff and the Indiana State Police have handled this investigation and have arrested the offender. At this point, I will be requesting to move Beck to an unpaid status and will seek termination after it is adjudicated. Our department will continue its efforts to make Fort Wayne a safe community and will never stop moving in a positive direction toward that goal.”

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