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Austin police officer under investigation for allegation of 'sexual misconduct'

In addition to the criminal investigation, APD said its Internal Affairs Division was conducting an internal investigation into the officer’s alleged actions.
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department announced Monday its Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was conducting a criminal investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct involving APD Officer Walter Dodds.

APD said takes all allegations of criminal conduct seriously and the SIU has executed a DNA search warrant in the case. 

In addition to the criminal investigation, APD said its Internal Affairs Division was conducting an internal investigation into Dodds’ alleged actions. 

According to the department, Officer Dodds has been an APD officer since December of 2017 and patrols the northeast Austin area. He has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigations, APD said.

APD would not release any more information "in order to maintain the integrity of the ongoing investigations."

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