By: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
The City of Laurel has been conducting an internal investigation into the potential sexual misconduct of one of their own Officers that was assigned to the Laurel High School as the Student Resource Officer (SRO).
Laurel's 11-year-veteran, Officer Fred Gregory was alleged to have been involved with a 16-year-old female high school student that at first was just a friendship but then turned into what was described as flirtatious and inappropriate conversations in the text messages between the two.
According to the Chief Administrative Officer Matthew Lurker Sr., According to the City of Laurel, Officer Fred Gregory and the student met each other at a home in Billings and had a sexual encounter.
The report stated that the relationship terminated shortly after this one-time meeting. Tuesday, Oct15, 2018 Officer Gregory turned in a written resignation letter to the Laurel Chief Of Police.
According to the City of Laurel, the resignation was accepted and the City then terminated its administrative investigation that it was conducting.
The City of Laurel wants to make sure that the public is aware that "at no time was the student exposed to any danger regarding this matter."
The City of Laurel is trying to balance the position of privacy and the public's right to know regarding this matter.
Any facts that were investigated and before any conclusions were made or could be made in this case, one has to understand that Fred Gregory was a good officer who made a terrible, bad decision and as a result of his bad decisions, forced his resignation from the City of Laurel Police Department.
Will criminal charges be filed against Fred Gregory?
The answer to that is, the City of Laurel regrets this whole matter, and due to where the alleged incident took place at, as legally forced the City of Laurel to turn this matter over to the City of Billings and Yellowstone County officials since the alleged incident took place in Billings.
If any criminal charges are warranted, Billings and Yellowstone Law Enforcement officials, will be the deciding factor if Fred Gregory will be charged for a crime that is to say, if he actually committed a crime.
Fred Gregory is to be considered innocent until proven guilty even if he is charged with any crime regarding this incident.
The City of Laurel and the Laurel Police Department have always worked with the Laurel High School and all the schools in Laurel to make sure the safety of the students and teachers are a top priority.
The City of Laurel will continue to preserve such status with the schools and the parents in the hopes of fostering a secure, safe environment for all students to learn their studies.
As for Fred Gregory, any person who has ever had any dealings with this officer are quick to point out that Mr. Gregory usually conducts himself with the most professional attitude.
So for this to happen, if the allegations are correct, would be totally out of the character of this Officer, now former Officer. Gregory has a military history of being in the Navy.
One of the most sacred principles in the American criminal justice system, holding that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. In other words, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, each essential element of the crime charged.
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