PORTLAND, Ind. (WFFT) — Police in central Indiana are investigating a Portland police officer who is accused of misconduct with a child on Thursday.
Avon police say Portland Police Department Officer Josh Clark was identified as someone who "reportedly attempted to meet up with an underage child to potentially engage in sexual conduct in their town.
"Like many others who were rightfully disturbed by the video shared publicly online, Avon Detectives and Portland Police Chief Josh Stephenson were in immediate communication regarding this matter," The Avon Police Department said in a statement. "While the whereabouts of Mr. Clark are unknown at this time, we are working closely with the Portland Police Department as they have been 100% cooperative with our agency regarding this matter."
Portland Police Department Chief Joshua Stephenson said Thursday he "immediately suspended" Clark without pay as the Avon Police Department investigates him after a reported incident involving a teenager.
"The Portland Police Department is aware of an incident involving an officer of our department," The Portland Police Department said in a statement. "Any crime allegedly committed against a child is appalling; one involving a law enforcement officer is completely unacceptable."
PPD says they are conducting an internal investigation against Clark and reiterated they are "cooperating fully with the Avon Police Department with their investigation as well."
As of Friday, Clark has not been arrested or located by police as they continue investigating.
The full video of the incident can be found below.