Former Rushville officer charged for relationship with girl

Cale Worley (Rushville Republican photo)
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A former D.A.R.E. officer is facing possible jail time over an alleged relationship with an underage girl.

The Rush County prosecutor filed charges against former Rushville Police Department D.A.R.E. Officer Cale Worley Friday, the Rushville Republican newspaper reports. Worley faces up to six years in jail on the charges of official misconduct and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The newspaper reported in August that Worley was suspended without pay following an investigation on a complaint that he had answered text message from an underage female. Police Chief Craig Tucker said an investigation into the complaint ruled that answering the texts fell outside the scope of Worley's professional duties.

The 15-year-old girl told investigators she met with Worley several times in early March 2012, where she would discuss her sex life with the officer, among other topics. She said she began text messaging and sending messages to Worley on Facebook after an incident that resulted in sexual misconduct charges against a 19-year-old man.

She specifically told investigators about an incident on March 28, where Worley allegedly met with the girl without her family's permission around 1 a.m. He reportedly drove the girl behind the junior high school building, in full uniform, but did not report that he was alone with the girl to police dispatchers.

The girl said her relationship with the officer ended after the March 28 incident.

Worley resigned his position as a police officer in August, following a second complaint alleging misconduct.