Police officer has been fired

CENTRAL POINT — A veteran Central Point police officer has been fired and could now face criminal charges amid new information involving his intimate relationship with a Crater High School graduate already investigated by police earlier this year, authorities said.

Police on June 24 re-opened the investigation of Central Point police Officer Dan Brown after someone stepped forward with new information about what at the time was described as his off-duty relationship with a 2008 Crater High School graduate, police said.

A four-month investigation earlier this year concluded the relationship had violated administrative policies and led to Brown's reassignment from a school resource officer to a patrol officer, police said. But it unearthed no criminal activity against Brown, a 26-year department veteran, police said.

The Oregon State Police re-opened the case against Brown after receiving that undisclosed June 24 information and the city put him on paid administrative leave, Central Point police said Monday.

Central Point police fired Brown July 12 after reviewing the investigation, which police in a statement said was "now in the purview of the criminal-justice system."

The Monday release referred any questions to Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston, who did not return telephone calls Monday afternoon seeking comment.

The firing and information about the case were disclosed Monday by Central Point police.

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