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Longview officer resigns, 1 other on leave

By Richard Yeakley
May 5, 2014 at 11 p.m.

A six-year Longview Police officer has resigned and a veteran lieutenant is on leave amid an internal investigation after a sexual conduct incident.

Patrol Officer Adam Vanover resigned April 25 after the police department began investigating allegations that he "engaged in sexual conduct while on duty," Police Chief Don Dingler said Monday. Police Lt. Ronald Buckner, who started working with the city in November 1982, has been placed on administrative leave in connection with further investigation of the incident, Dingler said.

"It was alleged that Officer Adam Vanover received, opened, and/or downloaded sexually explicit material while on duty. It was further alleged that (Vanover) engaged in sexual conduct while on duty," Dingler wrote Monday in an email.

The city of Longview's Code of Conduct prohibits employees from engaging in "any sexual conduct" while on duty, Dingler said.

Vanover, who began with the department in March 2008, was also accused of breaking the Code of Conduct due to his speech on social media. The section of the policy Vanover was accused of violating prohibits the use of "speech containing obscene or sexually explicit language, images, or acts and statements, or other forms of speech that ridicule, malign, disparage or otherwise express bias against any race, any religion, or any protected class of individual."

Dingler said the police department became aware of downloads on the computer equipment the officer was using.

"Further investigation revealed additional violations," he wrote.

Buckner, who is the 10th most senior employee in the city, is being investigated for four separate violations.

Dingler said Buckner was charged with the violations of Longview Police Department Code of Conduct and the city of Longview Personnel Policies and Procedures.

Specifically the department was investigating whether Buckner had made a person aware of an investigation, engaged in conduct which adversely affected the moral or efficiency of the department, or was not truthful at all times when conducting official police related business.

Police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Vanover's investigation spurred the investigation into Buckner, but it was not immediately clear how the two cases were related.

The time frame of the allegations was not immediately available.

Dingler said he was not aware of any policy changes that came from the incident.



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