Crime

Arizona Police Officer Arrested For Sexual Assault And Kidnapping

| by Nathaly Pesantez

A police officer from Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested on Saturday for charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. 

Police say a 23-year-old woman reported that she and Officer Timothy Morris, 40, engaged in sexual activity on Friday, according to KSAZ. 

The woman was contacted by Morris at about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning about a misdemeanor arrest warrant. Sgt. Jonathan Howard said the woman was released by Morris without arrest after the sexual activity. 

Police say Morris confessed to his involvement in the incident during an interview, reports KPHO. Upon receiving charges, Morris resigned from his position, according to ABC15. 

Phoenix Chief of Police Joseph Yahner said in a statement that his officers are “accountable to the highest standards.”

“I am extremely disappointed in the actions of Mr. Morris,” reads another part of the statement. "[T]he Phoenix Police Department will continue to hold its officers to the highest standards to ensure the trust and confidence of the community we serve."

Morris had been with the Phoenix Police Department for seven years. 

His case will be transferred to Maricopa County, reports ABC15. 

A July 7 court hearing has been scheduled for Morris, according to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sources: KSAZ, KPHO, ABC15, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office / Photo Credit: Pinal County Sheriff’s Office