A Phoenix police officer has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and kidnapping.
Police say a 23-year-old woman reported that Officer Timothy Morris, 40, contacted her around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the area of 5600 W. Thomas Road regarding a misdemeanor arrest warrant.
Morris retrieved the woman from Scottsdale police officers near 56th Street and Thomas Road and detained her for the Phoenix offense.
Police say that Morris was supposed to transfer the woman to a Maricopa County jail, but instead, sexually assaulted her while she was handcuffed and helpless.
Morris, who was in police uniform, released the woman at her home near 12th Street and McDowell Road without arrest after the incident.
After an investigation conducted by the Phoenix department’s Special Investigations Division and the Professional Standards Bureau, Morris was detained by Phoenix police near his Pinal County home.
He was arrested for one count of sexual assault and kidnapping.
Morris admitted involvement in the incident and immediately resigned with the Department.
“The Phoenix Police Department took immediate action when this incident was brought to our attention,” Phoenix Chief of Police, Joseph Yahner said. “We responded quickly and decisively to ensure public trust and confidence. We hold our officers accountable to the highest standards.”
In addition, Yahner added, “I am extremely disappointed in the actions of Mr. Morris, the Phoenix Police Department will continue to hold its officers to the highest standards to ensure the trust and confidence of the community we serve.”
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