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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

DCI Conducts Investigation Regarding Allegation against Boone PD Officer

Boone, IOWA --- On August 15th, 2011 the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was contacted by the Boone Police Department to conduct an investigation into an allegation made against Officer Rodney Thompson.  The investigation was the result of an allegation made by J.S. regarding the dissemination of what she felt were inappropriate text messages sent by Rodney Thompson to her 15 year old daughter.  According to J.S.’s information Rodney Thompson and J.S.’s daughter exchanged sexually explicit text messages over a period of two days.

Officer Thompson was placed on administrative leave by the Boone Police Department on August 15th, 2011 and subsequently resigned on August 17th, 2011.

Based on the allegations made by J.S., the DCI conducted an investigation.  Interviews were conducted and evidence was seized and examined.  The results of the interviews and evidence analysis are considered confidential under Iowa Code Chapter 22.7(5); therefore, no additional information will be released regarding the DCI investigation.  The DCI investigative report has been provided to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for review and a charging decision.

A criminal allegation is merely an accusation and any suspect is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

For questions, contact: DCI Assistant Director Charis Paulson at (515) 971-4733.

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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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