Grand Junction officer held in burglary, sex-assault probe
October 2, 2009
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A Grand Junction police officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman while he was off duty.
Authorities said Glenn Coyne, 35, was arrested Thursday and faces charges of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary. He was being held in Mesa County jail Friday on $250,000 bond.
Police Chief John Camper said Coyne is accused of assaulting a woman who called him for follow-up help after Coyne and other officers went to her house to assist on an unspecified family matter.
The alleged assault took place at about 1 a.m. Tuesday after Coyne’s shift ended.
Camper said Coyne, with the department for two years, has been fired. Coyne was already on probation after an investigation into a separate, off-duty incident involving another woman in December.
Police officials said there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue criminal charges, but concluded that Coyne committed several department violations.
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“On behalf of the entire Grand Junction Police Department, I want to pass along my sincere and heartfelt apologies to the citizen involved in this case,” Camper said during a news conference.
The Mesa County sheriff’s department is investigating the case. The arrest affidavit has been sealed.
Coyne’s home phone is unlisted and it wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.