Wagoner Police Reserve Officer Charged With Sexual Battery
WAGONER COUNTY, Oklahoma - The Wagoner Police Chief confirmed an employee at the police department said Orangel Suarez-Perez gropes her.
Suarez-Perez was a reserve officer with Wagoner Police and a volunteer firefighter at the Wagoner fire department. Police Chief Bob Haley said that was before a Wagoner PD employee came forward with these allegations.
“That he had inappropriately touched her while she was on duty,” said Haley. “He’s no longer a part of our department.”
Suarez-Perez was arrested earlier this month after the DA charged him with sexual battery. Chief Haley said his department immediately launched an investigation after the accusation surfaced.
“We’re going to jump on it and investigate it find out what happened, what occurred,” he said. “We take everything like that serious.”
Haley said investigating a member of his own department isn’t an easy task.
“We’re all supposed to be in this business for the right reasons: protecting and serving the public,” Haley said. “That’s what we expect out of those that are doing this job.”
But he said it’s his job to make sure he has the best possible men and women patrolling the streets and protecting his community.
“Obviously not everybody that has ever put on a badge or carries a badge now should be,” he continued. “We put people out there in people’s homes, and our job is to protect them. So we’re definitely going to air on the side of caution.”
Chief Haley said Suarez-Perez is innocent unless proven guilty.