CHESTER, P.A., (CBS) — Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced on Thursday that 37-year-old Roosevelt Turner was typically a patrol officer with the Chester City Police, but would fill in as a turnkey in the Chester Police department cell block.
He says in August, 2015 they got a complaint from a woman who says she was being held in a cell in the Chester Police Department, and Officer Turner unzipped his pants and asked her to kiss it. She tells investigators, Turner then asked her to pull down her pants. She says she did, but before the officer could go any further, the buzzer sounded, meaning someone was entering the cell.
When Delaware County detectives looked into it, they say they found other similar allegations from April of last year.
Whelan says they are concerned there could potentially be more victims.
When asked why Turner wasn’t immediately removed from the turnkey duties or assigned elsewhere pending an investigation after the initial allegations, Chester Police Commissioner Darren Alston said “because they were allegations.”
Roosevelt is free on bail, after being arraigned Thursday on three counts each of official oppression, indecent exposure and indecent assault without the consent of others.