Former Springfield IL Police Officer Rodney A. Groth Charged With Sex Crimes!

Former Police Officer Rodney A. Groth with the Springfield Police Department has been indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury for alleged misconduct with a 17-year-old female student.

Mr. Groth turned himself in on this afternoon shortly after the indictment came down from the Grand Jury. Bond was set in the amount of $100,000 10% to apply which he immediately posted.

This indictment comes after an investigation by the Illinois State Police Zone 4 Investigations Divisor.

 

The Sangamon County Grand Jury indicted Groth on the following charges:

  • Two counts of Solicitation of a Sex Act
  • Two counts of Official Misconduct
  • One count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

Mr. Groth was the school resource officer at Lanphier High School according to reports.

The indictment charges Mr. Groth with a single count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and states that he fondled the breasts of the 17-year-old between Jan. 1 and Nov. 14, 2014.

He also is charged with two counts of solicitation of a sexual act & two counts of official misconduct.

According to the indictment, he offered the 17 year old money to perform a sex act both in 2014 and between June 1 and Dec. 25, 2015.

The official misconduct charges states Mr. Groth, as a school resource officer, was in a position of trust or authority, and that in his capacity as a police officer he performed an act that he knew to be illegal.

Springfield Police Department state they became aware of possible misconduct on December 23, 2015 and handed the investigation immediately over to the Illinois State Police.

Mr. Groth was immediately placed on administrative leave with his police powers suspended.

Effective 3 PM today, Mr. Groth was no longer employed as a Springfield Police Officer as he submitted his resignation to Chief Winslow. He had served on the Department for around twenty years. Documents show he had been assigned to Lanphier since August 2012. Sources state he was previously assigned to South East High school as well.

Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow released the following statement, along with news of the indictment:

“We respect the Grand Jury’s decision and the legal process. The alleged conduct is not representative of our organization’s morals and values or those of the hardworking men and women of the Springfield Police Department.”

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104 Comments on "Former Springfield IL Police Officer Rodney A. Groth Charged With Sex Crimes!"

  1. Sheena Cleeton
    Nikki McNeal
    This is him

  2. This kind of scum do not deserve bail in the first place. If they feel the need to set bail then they need to make it so incredibly high that there’s no way on God’s planet they could ever come up with it. And BS with the 10% business, pay it all or sit in jail.

  3. I don’t believe this

  4. LOW LIFE PIECE OF SHIT

  5. Remember people, there are two sides to every story.

  6. I don’t believe it either.

  7. I agree, I don’t think he did it either!!! I thought after investigating, things would be okay. People who know him or know of him, know better than to believe this…

    • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:52 am | Reply

      Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

  8. Groth ain’t never went down like this, fake ass shit

  9. I don’t believe this at all! If you know him you know he would never!!!

  10. Hmmm…. Ashley Kay Verry?

  11. Excuse your rude opinions. He’s innocent until proven otherwise. Shame on people to judge someone off of a accusation. He hasn’t been proven guilty of anything. Anyone who knows my Uncle knows this is bs.

    • This is total bs he’s such a great guy!!! I always call for legal advice. He helped me a lot in school never once rubbed off as anything besides a dad to me

    • He is a great guy, police officer, father, and husband. Always been a great Uncle to me.. I refuse to let you simple minded people bash someone you know nothing about. Sad good people have to deal with such bullshit.

      • I went to school with your uncle, we were good friends. I hate he is going through this. I know he will come out on top. Praying for your family.

  12. It’ll be interest he did resign though same day charges came rather interesting…

  13. Ashley I’m so sorry u have to hear this B’s I def don’t believe this

  14. None of you know the story besides what they tell you. Personally this is what’s wrong with this world everyone so quick to judge someone.

  15. He’s the last person I would ever suspect this from. Please give him his day in court before passing judgement.

    • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:53 am | Reply

      Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

  16. Ok so he supposedly did this 2 years ago but the girl can’t remember what month?? It happened between Jan and nov??? I’m confused on that.. Or the fact that someone felt it hurt them in some way but can’t remember the date? I’m sure girls who are actually sexually abused remember everything about it down to the color of his short!! Don’t believe this for 1 second!! Ash I agree with you!!!

  17. Ashley ,didnt you have your wedding at walmart or something i remember your name . and trust me if the grand jury indited him they will find him guilty ! cant wait till they do lmao

  18. AGGRAVATED CRIM.SEXUAL ABUSE Jan 1, 2014
    LICITATION OF A SEXUAL ACT Jan 1, 2014
    SOLICITATION OF A SEXUAL ACT Jun 1, 2015
    OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT Jan 1, 2014
    OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT Nov 15, 2015

  19. Lorachelle Purdy | March 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm | Reply

    I do not believe this at all! He is a great guy and police officer!!

    • FuckSpringfield | March 17, 2016 at 9:12 am | Reply

      Alot of sex offenders are nice guys. How do you think they get victims? Keep living in a fairytale world.

    • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:55 am | Reply

      Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

  20. Awe my buddy deleted his post! People are amazing!

  21. Theres no way in hell!

  22. Lets all take a good look at the comments, like many stories before when and if he pleads out of is found guilty lets remember all the people who said “no way”. If he beats the case we can apologize then.

  23. shirley Peterson | March 17, 2016 at 5:28 am | Reply

    This is absolutely BD I have know this young man for over 30yrs and he has raised him self up from a marine to police offices. He was there for me and I will be there for him.all you haters will hang your head In shame. This was one of our best POLICe Offices. 20yrs and no record until now come on. Love you Buddy.

    • FuckSpringfield | March 17, 2016 at 9:15 am | Reply

      You think carlock or Barrington had a record? No. Both of them were cops…also predators.

    • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:48 am | Reply

      Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

  24. That apology shall be very expected when he is found not guilty. Complete ignorance

  25. I don’t believe this either!!! Innocent until proven guilty

  26. In 2012 there was a woman teacher that was arrested at Lanphier for having sex with her male student.

  27. I busted this punk driving around talking on his phone, dudes a bitch. Hey Rodney, this is “how you roll?”

  28. I went to jr high with him and he had every opportunity to screw up in life Im sorry but look at his family. He was strong to pull thru it and make something of him self. I don’t believe he would throw it all away over some young female. I mean if that’s what he wanted there are other ways to go about that without risking every thing you have worked for and he really had to work hard to beat the odds. I don’t care what anybody says if you grow up around certain things you are likely to go down same path and he didn’t and that says a lot.

  29. This is, one of many examples, why kids/teens do not trust/respect police officers.

  30. I have know Rodney damn near my whole life both of his kids are my best friends I am at there house 24/7 he is a great guy and would never do such a thing if your goona judge someone at least find out the real story and not just what the news says

    • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:46 am | Reply

      Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

  31. I believe our legal system works as innocent until proven guilty. I have known this man a very long time and in no way believe he is capable of this. It’s sad when people trash talk him and truly don’t know the whole story. Innocent people are accused of wrongdoings all of the time. Please realize he has kids and a family who read this crap. Let him and his family get through this without everybody assuming guilt. If you truly know this man, be a friend to him and his family. comments left on this wall should be supportive not comments that leave family left to defend him.

    • FuckSpringfield | March 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Reply

      Don’t you just love it! Everyone and their mother sticks up and supports him. Yet the victim and or victims had to go through horrible sexual abuse!

      • Tara Flanigan | March 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm | Reply

        you guys are so lame I swear to god get a real job loosers. for real non of you aint shit if you have to go around making up shit like this and that bitch ass girl is a fucking liar she was probably whoring herself out the stupid cunt!!! known him my whole life and hes being stuck up for cause this shit is not true. you guys need to find something better to do with your time and get a real job oh wait you lame asses have no school and were born inbreaded you cant get a real job. yall need to go die and discharge your bodies in a lake somewhere bc your lame and your stries are not true. bye bye loosers

        • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:45 am | Reply

          Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

        • FuckSpringfield | March 18, 2016 at 8:37 am | Reply

          Doesn’t matter if she’s whoring herself out. Ive known females who were not whores and been sexually abused. Even if she was ‘whoring’ herself out, solicitation is wrong and him paying for sex is sex trafficking. This makes Rodney a john. A criminal.

      • Yes, I will indeed defend him. I have known this man for a very long time. Can you say the same? I would hope that if this situation was reversed and it was a friend of yours that you would defend him if you truly believed in his innocence.

        • SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:45 am | Reply

          Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

          • hand to the BIBLE | March 21, 2016 at 4:22 am |

            Why hasnt anyone tried to debate w the “teacher” on this comment? Hope maybe the lesson sunk in

  32. Anyone who thinks he is a low life you can contact me and we will handle it. This isnt him and i know he didnt do this.

  33. Apologies will Very much be needed. This freaking website decides to ruin his life by blasting it on fb and having 100’s of people sharing it. Yes the media covered it already but you can’t say you’re exposing the truth when you don’t know! This is stupid!

  34. Yes, I will indeed defend him. I have known this man for a very long time. Can you say the same? I would hope that if this situation was reversed and it was a friend of yours that you would defend him if you truly believed in his innocence.

  35. Tara Flanigan | March 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm | Reply

    ummm ok this is my brother in law and this shit never happened springfield exposed you are on some bullshit!!!!!! for real. try finding true stories you crock of shit retards!!!!

  36. Tara Flanigan | March 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm | Reply

    and everyone supports him cause they know this shit aint true. you guys need to be shut the fuck down and get a real job…. a real one do you even know what the fuck a real job is. no bc your lame ass mf’s are doing this shit. you guys have nothing better to do than to think you know stories about people and you don’t know shit. its getting ridiculous how about we look up some of your emplyees you bitch ass mf’s

    • FuckSpringfield | March 18, 2016 at 8:48 am | Reply

      What the hell does this have to do with the article. We have nothing to do with him being a criminal.

  37. Julie Patterson | March 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Reply

    Rodney is my cousin, he is to smart for this. I do not believe he did it. I will be praying the truth will come out.

  38. Been saying that Tiffany Jouett

  39. SCHOOLING THE FOOLS | March 18, 2016 at 2:43 am | Reply

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/11152602/ns/dateline_nbc/t/catch-predator-iii/#.VuunjG_2b9I Are you people really this ignorant. Have you ever seen DATELINE/ TO CATCH A PREDATOR? The dirt bags come from all walks of life. Outstanding members of the community….Pediatrician(Doctor), Firefighter, States Attorney, Teacher, T-Ball Coach, and several others who no one would ever suspect. The images they portray to the community enable them to fly under the radar for so long. Do you think these perpetrators wives or children knew of their double lives? Maybe their close friends or perhaps their co-workers? HELL NO….. I am sure they were all just as shocked as any of you on here defending this man. So what you have known him your whole life……

  40. It’s funny how all these people that are defending him and saying that there is no way he did this but then say he is innocent until proven guilty and you shouldn’t assume. Well by saying there is no way he did this you are assuming. Let the court system decide whether he is innocent or not. I know cops that have impeccable records and yet have seen how they are capable of disgusting things. Just because you think you know someone doesn’t mean they are incapable of criminal activity. And this website didn’t ruin his life. They are only reporting the fact that this man has been indicted so you need to get off that already. We will see what happens with his trial so until then shut the fuck up.

    • “Think you know someone” before I joined the army I was at there house everyday hanging out with his sons. He’s my family and Ik what I’m saying is true. He is innocent and that’s not just an opinion that’s a fact. So how bout you “shut the fuck up”

    • Good for you. If you are so sure of his innocence then there’s nothing to worry about. Why bother? Let the court system do it’s job. The only point I’m making is just because you know someone doesn’t mean they are incapable of whatever. I could sit here and name off all kinds of circumstances where people committed some crime that people thought that person would never do and yet it happened. But again why bother? This is what the court system is for. The court of public opinion doesn’t decide this man’s innocence or guilt. K have a nice day.

  41. funny i knew hed one day take his shit too far. hes been a dirt bag for years. he used to talk about having me over for bbqs (with his family!) and feeding me tube steak. lol got a girl that was scared of his pathetic badge this time.

  42. and every person who fucks up has people who know them that think theyd never be capable of any harm. but lets be real you really think hed walk around telling his family and closest friends “hey yeaa ya know i like young girls i use my badge to get my way” no he wouldnt you just sound so ignorant with your defenses. smh.

  43. If I did not commit a crime I would not resign my job: just saying

  44. Concerned American | April 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm | Reply

    Did OJ kill those people!!!????? Hmmmm…because some people accused him. Is there a Double Standard. Just saying…

  45. Former Spartan | May 25, 2016 at 9:43 pm | Reply

    I went to high school with this jerk. He was a bully then..and he’s a bully now. Karma is a bitch.

  46. Yall must of never watched a episode of law n order svu lol proof in the pudding

  47. N yes oj did kill his wife lol n yall say let the courts decide haaahaaaa that rigged ass system lhhh

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