LANSING – A police officer charged with child sexually abusive activity has resigned, Lansing police announced Tuesday.
Officer Benjamin Fielder, a 3-year veteran of the department, was arrested Aug. 9 by the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with four felony crimes, including accosting a child and child sexually abusive activity, and was placed on unpaid leave.
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On Tuesday, Fielder informed Interim Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee he was quitting his job, effective immediately, the police agency said in a news release.
Fielder and four other men were charged in a sting operation by the Shiawassee Human Oppressions Team.
Fielder was charged with accosting a child for immoral purposes, child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and felony firearm possession.
Officials said the men engaged in sexual conversations with someone they believed to be a 15-year-old. They were arrested after traveling to the location of the undercover operation to meet for sexual acts, the Shiawassee Human Oppressions Team said in a news release.
Fielder quit before the Lansing department could complete an internal investigation, officials said.
“it’s kind of a punch in the gut to our department,” Sosebee said during a Board of Police Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night.
In a news release earlier in the day, he said employee misconduct won’t be tolerated.
“I have accepted Benjamin Fielder’s resignation,” he said He will now face the charges against him and will be held accountable for his actions.”
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