Veteran officer receives 1-day suspension

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A 22-year Bellefontaine Police Department officer will serve a one-day suspension for violating the department’s policies, mission and values and Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

Officer Blake Kenner will serve the unpaid suspension Tuesday.

Chief Brandon Standley ordered an investigation after a Feb. 23 complaint regarding the officer’s relationship with a married Bellefontaine City School teacher.

Officer Kenner would regularly read to the teacher’s elementary class and used the opportunity to develop a relationship with the teacher that continued outside his and her work.

In a letter to the complainant, Chief Standley concurred with Sgt. D. Allen Shields’ findings that Officer Kenner’s involvement was unethical and unprofessional.

He had been removed from the classroom assignment prior to the complaint.

As for allegations Officer Kenner gave the teacher’s child a ride in a cruiser, the investigation found he did take the child for a ride with the woman’s permission. However, he did it without properly notifying his shift sergeant as required by department policy.

The infraction will be noted in his personnel file.

A third allegation concerning interference in an incident investigation was found unsubstantiated by Sgt. Shields and Chief Standley.