Tucson Police Officer Richard Daniel was arrested Sunday for allegedly engaging in sex with a target of a police investigation.
Daniel, who has served three years on the city force, was booked into the Pima County Jail, said a news release from the Tucson Police Department.
Daniel was arrested on one count each of unlawful sexual conduct by peace officers, a class 5 felony punishable by 1.5 years in prison, and tampering with physical evidence, a class 6 felony with a possible one year sentence.
Tucson Police detectives are continuing their investigation and possible additional charges are pending.
On Thursday, the Tucson Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards Unit was advised of possible criminal misconduct involving Daniel.
The alleged incident involving sexual conduct on Sunday, January 13 with a woman that Daniel was investigating while employed by the department.
Detectives with the Tucson Police Department investigated the allegation and established probable cause for the arrest of Officer Daniel. The Office of Professional Standards also conducted an administrative investigation into the incident.
Daniel was placed on leave without pay and served a notice of Intent to Terminate while the investigation continues.
This story will be updated.