Phoenix, Az – Phoenix police officer Timothy Morris was arrested by his fellow officers on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping, according to Sgt. Jonathan Howard.
Morris reportedly held and sexually assaulted a 23-year-old-woman after he contacted her about a misdemeanor. According to the woman, the incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the area of 5600 W. Thomas Road.
The Phoenix Police Department acted quickly in apprehending and questioning Morris, who admitted to his involvement in the attack. Chief Joseph Yahner released the following statement:
“The Phoenix Police Department took immediate action when this incident was brought to our attention. We responded quickly and decisively to ensure public trust and confidence. We hold our officers accountable to the highest standards. In addition to initiating the criminal investigation, the Phoenix Police Department began an internal investigation to address Officer Morris’s employment status however he resigned. I am extremely disappointed in the actions of Mr. Morris, the Phoenix Police Department will continue to hold its officers to the highest standards to ensure the trust and confidence of the community we serve.”
Morris, who had been with the department since 2008, resigned immediately upon his arrest.