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Daytona Beach police officer accused of groping handcuffed woman


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — A Daytona Beach police officer is accused of groping a handcuffed woman.

Police Chief Mike Chitwood says 22-year-old Larry Jones was arrested Tuesday and is on administrative leave without pay pending an internal affairs investigation.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( ) reports Jones was hired in March and is still in his probationary period. He is charged with misdemeanor battery and two felonies — false imprisonment and public servant falsifying an official record.

Chitwood says he is "disappointed and disgusted" over the incident.

The arrest warrant states that Jones touched the woman in a sexual manner against her will after her Feb. 10 arrest. She was arrested after calling to confess to an earlier hit-and-run.

When an investigator contacted Jones he said his attorney advised him not to talk.

Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal,

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