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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Saturday, August 6, 2011 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Arrest Made in Fort Dodge Sex Assault

Fort Dodge, Iowa --- This morning, 46 year old Galen Hindt of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was charged with Extortion and 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse after an extensive investigation into an incident on April 6, 2011.

Galen Hindt is a former police officer for the Fort Dodge Police Department.

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 the Fort Dodge Police Department received information Officer Hindt was a suspect in the sexual abuse of a Fort Dodge citizen.  To maintain the integrity of the investigation and avoid a potential conflict of interest, the Fort Dodge Police Department requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) conduct the investigation into this incident.

Hindt resigned from the Fort Dodge Police Department on Friday, April 8, 2011.

Hindt turned himself in to the Webster County Jail at approximately 8:00 AM on Saturday, August 6, 2011.  He appeared before a judge soon after, and was released on his own recognizance.

Sexual Abuse 3rd Complaint

Extortion Complaint

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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