UPDATE: The APD terminates officer for sexual relations while on duty
Amarillo, TX - The Amarillo Police Department terminated an officer Monday night following allegations of sexual assault, but he has not been charged with a crime.
Tuesday, authorities released a redacted version of the incident/investigation report to NewsChannel 10. The redaction protects the identity of the woman and the nature of the ongoing criminal investigation.
A woman claimed the incident happened Sunday evening after former Officer Micah Meurer responded to her home in Northwest Amarillo. She describes the incident as an "aggravated sexual assault rape."
The report also shows detectives collected evidence of clothing, multiple body fluids and a Walmart receipt.
Following her report, the APD launched both a criminal and an internal investigation into the alleged incident.
The Internal Affairs Investigator found Meurer did have sexual contact with the woman while on duty. Acting Chief of Police Kenneth Funtek terminated Meurer for violations of internal rules, including acts which bring discredit to the officer and the department. His termination became effective at 9 p.m Monday night. Earlier that day, Funtek had placed Meurer on administrative leave.
The criminal investigation, headed by the Crimes Against Persons Unit, is still ongoing. Investigators are working with the 47th District Attorney's Office to determine if criminal charges will be filed.
The APD said it cannot release any further details at this time as to why Meurer was sent to the woman's home or dashcam video from that night. Section 552.108 of the Texas Government Code allows law enforcement to withhold certain information if it could hurt the outcome of the investigation or jeopardize the potential prosecution of a crime.
At this time, Meurer is not charged with a crime.
An investigation into allegations that an on-duty police officer sexually assaulted a woman is underway, according to the Amarillo Police Department.
The unidentified woman says the officer came to her home in northwest Amarillo Sunday night. The complaint was filed Monday.
Officials have confirmed the officer responded to a call to her home, but are currently investigating further details. Detectives have collected physical evidence and interviewed the officer and woman.
A separate internal affairs investigation is being conducted by the Internal Affairs Investigator, according to APD. Acting Chief Kenneth Funtek placed the officer in question on administrative leave effective Monday.