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.”