South Bend police officer charged after being accused of inappropriate relationship with 16-year-old

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 5:36 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A South Bend police officer has been charged after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old.

On Oct. 5, the Mishawaka Police Department was contacted with allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor involving South Bend Police Officer Timothy Barber. The investigation was handed over to the Special Victims Unit.

On Tuesday, probable cause was submitted and approved by the St. Joseph County Court, where Barber was formally charged with Count I: Child Seduction, a Level 5 Felony, Count II: Child Seduction, a Level 5 Felony, Count III: Public Indecency, a Class A Misdemeanor, Count IV: Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony, Count V: Public Nudity, a Class B Misdemeanor, Count VI: Official Misconduct, a Level 6 Felony.

Barber was arrested in Elkhart with the assistance of the Elkhart Police Department, the Special Victims Unit and the South Bend Police Department.

Barber will be arraigned on the formal charges Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The South Bend Police Department posted a statement on its Facebook page following the announcement of Barber’s charges. South Bend Mayor James Mueller said “these allegations are disturbing and have no place in SBPD or the City of South Bend. Chief (Scott) Ruszkowski and SBPD will continue to work with partnering agencies and will move immediately to place this officer on unpaid leave until the conclusion of the legal process.”

SBPD Chief Scott Ruszkowski said “we will always be dedicated to protecting and serving our community and we take all crimes and allegations seriously; even those involving our officers. The officer was immediately relieved of duty two weeks ago when we were made aware of these allegations. Now that criminal charges have been filed, I will ask the Board of Public Safety tomorrow to place him on unpaid leave pending the criminal trial.”

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