WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A University of Massachusetts police officer is on administrative leave after being arrested on child rape and other charges.
George Colon of West Springfield was arraigned Friday on the child rape charge, as well as charges of sodomy, enticing a child under 16, and two counts of open and gross lewdness, according to Angie Rodriguez of the Hampden County District Attorney's Office.
West Springfield Police Capt. Dan Spaulding told 22News that the arrest came following an investigation by their department. He said Colon turned himself in at the West Springfield police station on Thursday, after they obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Spaulding said that the victims in the case are two underage girls. He said that they were "known to Colon," but did not release their ages or elaborate on their relationship to him in the interest of protecting their privacy.
University of Massachusetts spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski told 22News that Colon, who was a patrol officer for the UMass Police Department, has been put on administrative leave, and the University will hold a hearing on his employment status.
UMass Police Chief John Hovarth said that the alleged abuse did not take place while Colon was on duty, and was not connected to his work as a UMass police officer.
Colon pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday afternoon in Springfield District Court. He will be due back in court on July 12.