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Maplewood Cop on Paid Leave amidst Allegations of Sexual Assault, Giving Alcohol to Minors

A Maplewood police officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegations that he was involved in a sexual assault were reported to Stillwater Police last month. The Washington County Attorney's Office declined to press charges.

A Maplewood police officer has been placed on administrative leave after allegations that he was involved in a sexual assault were reported to Stillwater Police last month.

Joseph Tran, a school resource officer with the Maplewood Police Department was placed on paid leave Oct. 10, Maplewood's acting Police Chief Dave Kvam told the Pioneer Press. He has been with the department since 2006.

Criminal charges were not filed in the case.

Fred Fink, head of the Washington County Attorney's Office Criminal Division, told the Star Tribune that the incident allegedly happened at Tran's home in Stillwater. After reviewing the evidence in the case, the attorney's office decided the allegation could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

On Oct. 8, Stillwater police received a complaint of a criminal sexual assault that allegedly occurred in Stillwater, Police Chief John Gannaway said. Tran was identified as a suspect in the case. The alleged victim was a 17-year-old Eagan girl.

“The Stillwater Police Department thoroughly investigated this reported incident and referred it to the Washington County Attorney’s Office, who determined no charges would be filed,” Gannaway said. “Another allegation, where it was reported that Tran provided alcohol to underage persons will be referred to the Stillwater City Attorney’s Office for possible charges.”

The acting Maplewood police chief told the Pioneer Press that his department would conduct an internal investigation before deciding on Tran’s employment status with the department. 

Rhonda Fitzgerald November 19, 2012 at 02:19 AM
All I can say is: that it is odd that one accusation would be possibly charged, yet not enough evidence for the more serious alleged crime. My personal opinon, when an officer is directly accused of a crime, why are they entitled to a paid vacation? That is all administrative leave really is.
Amber Johnson November 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I'm pretty sure he wouldn't call it a vacation.
steve tsunami November 23, 2012 at 06:56 PM
It's all lies... Joe tran's a very good person and a great dad...
Tina Nguyen December 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I know Joe and he is a good man,always helping others and is very serious about his work.i am positive that he wouldn't do such thing.

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