Updated: Fort Wayne cop charged with child seduction, related offenses; police chief ‘shocked and disturbed’
A joint investigation by detectives from the Indiana State Police and the Allen County Police Department has resulted in criminal charges being filed by the Allen County Prosecutor’s office against Fort Wayne Police Officer Andrew Beck.
The investigation began in April of this year after a report was made to a Wayne High School Resource Officer alleging that Officer Beck had been engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student. At that time, Beck was also working at Wayne High School as a part-time School Resource Officer. The investigation revealed that Beck was engaging in inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature via social media account activity with a 16-year-old female Wayne High School student.
The completed investigation was turned over to the Allen County Prosecutor for review, and an arrest warrant was issued for Beck on charges of child seduction, providing obscene matter and performances before minors and possession of child pornography.
Beck is currently out of state on military orders, but with the assistance of the US Marshals Service was taken into custody and is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Cal., where he will be held until being extradited back to Indiana.
As this case involves a juvenile victim, the victim’s identification is being withheld.
In a statement, Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed said he is “shocked and disturbed over these allegations, and I want to ensure the community that this behavior will never be tolerated within this agency. When I was notified by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office that there may be a criminal matter involving one of my employees I moved to be as forthcoming with any information that we had to assist in the matter. The Allen County Sheriff and the Indiana State Police have handled this investigation and have arrested the offender.
“At this point I will be requesting to move Beck to an unpaid status and will seek termination after it is adjudicated. Our department will continue its efforts make Fort Wayne a safe community and will never stop moving in a positive direction toward that goal.”
Beck joined the department in 2006. His work record includes two letters of reprimand and one suspension, all for accidents in a police vehicle. His record includes no commendations.