'No laws or policies were broken,' mayor says he still felt Provo Chief needed to resign
(KUTV) – Provo City Mayor John Curtis says Police Chief John King did not violate any department policies or laws in connection with allegations of sexual assault that preceded his resignation earlier this week.
But the “totality” of the situation was enough for city administration to ask King to leave his position.
“Regardless of how valid the complaint was, [King] had been tainted by the accusations,” Curtis said at a press conference Thursday morning.
Little details were given about the nature of the allegations. Mayor Curtis said a woman who was not a city employee or a minor contacted him in February, saying she had been sexually assaulted by Chief King.
Curtis took the allegations to the Utah County Attorney’s Office who then asked the Unified Police Department to investigate, citing a conflict of interest.
The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office screened the charges, but did not feel there was enough evidence to file charges against King.
“From our review of the case, the matter was thoroughly investigated and no remaining factual issues remain that would materially influence the decision we have reached in the case,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Blake Nakamura wrote in a letter to Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman.
King had been out of the state dealing with a family medical emergency on the east coast when Mayor Curtis called him to advise him of the allegations that had surfaced. Curtis said King was “devastated” by what was being alleged.
Curtis said he is in the process of picking an interim chief from the four supervising captains at Provo Police. His selection for interim chief is expected to be announced at a department meeting on Monday.
This is a developing story, more information will be posted as it becomes available.