Mobile Police are in the process of concluding a disciplinary trial stemming from an internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by three of its officers with strippers.
This investigation stems from an internal complaint made in October 2013 by a Mobile police officer. The complaint alleged sexual misconduct by members of the Narcotics and Vice Unit while conducting compliance checks of adult entertainment establishments, according to a release by MPD spokesperson Ashley Rains.
The disciplinary trial, which started Jan. 21 began after the investigation found sufficient evidence for the following charges:
• One police officer is charged with Conduct Unbecoming, Violation of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and Neglect of Duty
• One police officer is charged with Conduct Unbecoming, Misuse of Position, Violation of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and Failure to Obey a Direct Order
• One lieutenant is charged with Failure to Supervise
According to Rains, all these are major charges with punishment ranging from a 40-hour suspension to demotion or termination. A trial board of three senior MPD officers will determine the guilt or innocence of those charged and results will be determined Jan. 23. Rains said a press conference will be held at MPD headquarters Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. to announce the results of the hearing, as well as to release any pertinent information.
Updated at 8:37 p.m. Jan. 22 for additional information and clarity.