FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne police sergeant is in custody in California, facing charges related to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a Wayne High School student.
The investigation into Sgt. Andrew Beck started in April, when a report was made to a Wayne resource officer. At the time, Beck was also working at the school as a part-time resource officer.
Detectives with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police conducted the investigation, and found evidence of inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature with a 16-year-old female student, via social media.
The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office charged Beck with child seduction, providing obscene matter and performances before minors, and possession of child pornography.
Beck is currently in California on military orders, and was taken into custody Thursday evening by the U.S. Marshals Service. He’ll remain at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga until he’s extradited back to Indiana.
Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed said he’s working to move Beck to unpaid status, and said he’ll look to fire him after the case is adjudicated. The chief released the following statement Friday morning:
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 make Fort Wayne a safe community and will never stop moving in a positive direction toward that goal.Steve Reed, Fort Wayne Police Chief
Beck was hired in November 2006. According to his personnel record, he’s been disciplined for three police vehicle accidents. He’s received no commendations over his nearly 13-year career.
Since the victim in this case is a juvenile, authorities are withholding her name.