chandler cop arrested for molesting children
Chandler officer accused of molesting girl, 14
Chandler Officer Michael Picard
Katie Nelson and Senta Scarborough
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 11, 2003 12:00 AM
A Chandler police officer was arrested
on child molestation charges Thursday,
accused of having an inappropriate
relationship with a 14-year-old family
Phoenix police arrested Michael Donovan
Picard, 33, at noon at his Peoria home.
He was booked into Madison Street Jail
on one count of child molestation.
Picard is suspected of inappropriately
touching a 14-year-old girl on May 26,
said Phoenix police Detective Tony
Morales. Police believe that was the
first and only time inappropriate
contact occurred between the two,
"As I understand it, he took her to
their house, where they were hanging
out during the day," Morales said.
Picard has been with the Chandler Police
Department since 1998. He is a patrol
and DARE officer who works with a youth
drug prevention program. He has been
placed on administrative leave.
"We've notified the schools (where he
worked)," said Chandler police
Detective Robert Krautheim. "We don't
have any information to believe this
has occurred in the city of Chandler
or in the DARE program."
Phoenix police began their investigation
after the girl's father became suspicious
about his daughter's Internet
communication. When he questioned her,
she became evasive, amplifying his suspicion
of an inappropriate relationship, Morales
Krautheim said Chandler officers were
"shocked" to learn of Picard's
arrest. "Obviously, we are still in
uniform and when a photo of an officer
is being showed of an arrest, it is
kind of hard to take," he said.
The arrest comes as a consulting firm
conducts a review of the Chandler
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