Springfield Police Officer indicted on several counts for Alleged Misconduct

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SPRINGFIELD – A now former officer with the Springfield Police Department has been indicted by a Sangamon County Grand Jury for alleged misconduct with a 17-year-old female student.

45-year-old Rodney A. Groth turned himself in on Wednesday, March 16, after the indictment came down from the Grand Jury. A warrant of $100,000 had previously been out for his arrest.

This indictment comes after an investigation by the Illinois State Police.

Groth was the school resource officer at Lanphier High School. The incidents of misconduct were reported to have happened between January and December in 2015. According to the Springfield Police Department, they became aware of possible misconduct on December 23, 2015.

An informal inquiry was immediately conducted and as a result, the Illinois State Police were requested that day to investigate the allegations possibly being criminal in nature. Groth was immediately placed on administrative leave with his police powers suspended.

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

Effective 3 PM on Wednesday, Groth was no longer employed as a Springfield Police Officer. He had served in the Department for twenty years.

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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