Springdale cop suspended for having sex in police cruiser
Springdale has suspended one of its police officers after allegations he was having sex in a police car while on duty.
Councilman Gene Polsinelli, a former borough officer, on Friday confirmed the allegations against Officer David E. Walton.
The suspension came after a report filed by several juveniles who walked past an unmarked borough police car at Sherosky Way, just off Butler Street, near the Allegheny River.
Polsinelli said Walton was the only borough officer on duty when the youths allegedly saw Walton and a woman, thought to be about 19 or 20.
Walton could not be reached for comment.
Councilman John Molnar said Walton was hired as a full-time officer in January. He had been a part-time officer before that.
Council President Dave Finley, Polsinelli and Councilman Jason Fry said an internal investigation is under way.
Polsinelli said he wants investigators from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office to take over the case.
Finley said Walton is suspended with pay while the investigation is being conducted. His pay rate is $21.50 per hour.
Molnar said the borough now has one full-time officer and seven part-time officers.
Molnar said new police Chief Julio Medeiros III is set to begin work on Tuesday.
Medeiros, 47, was hired May 15 just before the former chief retired, but he has needed time to be certified by the state. He most recently was chief in Martin, S.D.
The allegations against Walton are the latest regarding the department.Last week, the borough's insurance carrier paid $225,000 to settle a federal lawsuit involving alleged civil rights violations against a man by former borough police Sgt. Mark E. Thom and other officers.
Thom pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge of depriving the man of his civil rights. Thom is scheduled to be sentenced in January in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.