Tremonton officer under investigation for sex exploitation of minor

Jun 19 2013 - 6:35am

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TREMONTON -- A city police officer is under investigation for sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Paul Murphy, spokesman with the Utah Attorney General's Office, confirmed that an investigation into Jeremy Rose is under way but could not provide additional details because the investigation is ongoing. 

Tremonton Police Sgt. Todd Hunsaker said Rose, who has been with the force for 12 years, was arrested Friday and taken to Davis County Jail. He was later transferred and booked into Box Elder County Jail, where he posted bail and was released. 

The rest of the department was shocked at the news, Hunsaker said. 

"We can't believe it happened," he said. "It's painful for his family, and it's sad that something like this would happen, especially to someone highly visible in the community."

Rose has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Hunsaker said. That leaves the department with nine officers, instead of 10, which could strain the rest of the force and cause officers to work alone instead of in pairs. 

Hunsaker said Tremonton Police Chief Dave Nance was notified June 7 of the investigation. It is not known if or when charges might be filed against Rose.

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