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Ripley Police Officer Accused Of Having Child Pornography Resigns
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Elizabeth Norieka
Also Contributing: Mamie Buoy
Reported: May. 9, 2012 8:56 PM EDT
Updated: May. 11, 2012 4:55 PM EDT
Ripley , Jackson County , West Virginia
A Ripley police officer under investigation for possessing child pornography has resigned.
Officer George Michael Puskas resigned early Friday morning.
Puskas is under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a 14-year-old girl and having child pornography.
Puskas has not been charged with anything at this time.
Ripley City Council will vote to accept Puskas' resignation Tuesday during their meeting.
Disturbing new details emerge as we delve deeper into the federal investigation of a Ripley police officer. A man sworn in to uphold the law, accused of breaking it.
Ripley Patrolman George Michael Puskas has been placed on unpaid administrative leave amid allegations of possessing child pornography.
Eyewitness News has obtained a copy of an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court on April 27th, outlining allegations of a romantic relationship between officer Puskas and a 14 year old girl.
The documents say Puskas told the girl he loved her and would become angry when she spoke with other boys. The two had met when the alleged victim was only 6 years old when Puskas was her soccer coach.
The girl claims when she ended their relationship in 2011, Puskas started to harass her, following her to work, even threatening to kill her and himself if she dated anyone other than him.
A search warrant lists numerous items confiscated from Puskas's apartment which include numerous cameras and digital files.
Investigators say they have found probable cause that Puskas is involved in the production, receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography.
Puskas was placed on unpaid administrative leave April 9th. He served with the department for roughly 3 years.
No charges have been filed at this time against officer Puskas.
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