by Associated Press
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A patrolman faces charges that he
fondled two dispatchers, bringing to three the number of city
police officers disciplined this month for alleged
Earlier, an officer was accused of drawing a picture of Ku Klux
Klan members, and another officer allegedly made a bogus 911 call
to cover up for male officers watching an adult video.
Police Chief David Gulledge is worried that the episodes have
tarnished the police force's image.
"The actions of these police officers should not paint a
picture of the entire department," Gulledge said at a news
conference Tuesday. "Ninety-nine point five percent of the
officers are dedicated, hardworking and eager to serve the
citizens of Evansville."
In the latest case, Patrolman Frank Current allegedly fondled
two city-county dispatchers while on duty. He faces misdemeanor
battery charges and has been suspended from duty with pay. The
charges carry a maximum 180-day jail sentence and $1,000
The activity happened March 12 but did not come to the
department's attention until Tuesday, Gulledge said at a news
Current is accused of touching the two female dispatchers about
the same time at the City-County Dispatch Center. Current was at
the dispatch center while taking a break during his shift.
Gulledge said witnesses allegedly saw the activity, and the
dispatchers told a supervisor.
Current surrendered at the police department Tuesday. He posted
$100 bond at the Vanderburgh County jail and was released.
Gulledge said that once the officer's criminal charges are
settled in court, he would face internal disciplinary action. The
matter would then go to the police department's Merit
Current's suspension with pay is consistent with police
department policy for officers facing misdemeanor charges,
Gulledge said. An officer is suspended without pay when charged
with a felony.
Last week, the Merit Commission suspended Patrolman Brent
Melton for three days without pay for allegedly sketching a
picture depicting Ku Klux Klan members staring down a well at a
Another suspended officer, Patrolman Jeff Breivogel, faces a
misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident. Breivogel is
accused of making a 911 call about a bogus shooting on Feb.
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Breivogel allegedly made the call from a Fraternal Order of
Police lodge so a female officer would not discover a group of
male officers watching an adult video.