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Stamford Officers Suspended After Texting 16-Year-Old

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Stamford Police badge. From Stamford Police web site.

Stamford Police badge. From Stamford Police web site.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Stamford police have suspended two officers without pay after finding text messages they allegedly sent to a 16-year-old girl.

Police Chief Jon Fontneau told The Stamford Advocate that Robert Macari, 43, and William Garay, 28, engaged in conduct unbecoming officers.

Macari, who has been with the department for 11 years, has been suspended for 30 days. Garay, a six-year veteran, was suspended for 10 days.

Fontneau said the girl reported in May she was sexually involved with Macari, but later declined to cooperate in an investigation. He said a forensic examination of the officers’ cellphones found sexual texts to the teen.

“It is expected that each member of the Stamford Police Department will garner the public confidence through sound judgment and ethical conduct,” Fontneau said. “Every officer should earn the respect of the citizens that we serve and strive to avoid not only improper conduct but the appearance of any impropriety.”

Fontneau said he could not determine if Macari and the girl had sex.

“If it did happen, and I can’t say that it did, it was consensual and there was no law broken,” Fontneau said. “I was repulsed at their behavior and it is not reflective of the police department as a whole.”

The age of consent in Connecticut is 16.

Attempts to reach the officers for comment Thursday morning were unsuccessful. No working phone numbers for either officer could be found.
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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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