Sgt. Michael Todd Manning, with the police department’s K-9 unit, resigned Thursday, Feb. 17, the day after the woman’s husband complained that Manning had sex with his wife, public safety director and police chief Tommy Freeman said.
According to Freeman:
The woman’s husband reported that Manning and his wife had sexual contact in Manning’s patrol car in the early-morning hours on Feb. 16.
The husband said Manning picked up his wife at the couple’s residence off Jackson Street in LaFayette sometime between 3 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.
They drove to an area near the LaFayette Post Office and the old LaFayette Fitness Center, which is not far from the couple’s house, and had sex in the car, the husband said.
“The allegations (of sex) could not be substantiated,” Freeman said. “However he (Manning) did lie about hav-ing the woman in the patrol car.”
Department policy prohibits anyone besides officers and those in custody or under arrest inside a patrol vehicle. “We don’t condone it,” Freeman said. “We don’t put up with it.”
The woman’s husband works out of town and was told of the alleged sexual encounter by telephone while he was out of town. He then called the police department.
Manning was told to either resign or be fired.
The woman, whose name was not released publicly, has changed her confession from not having the sexual en-counter, to having the encounter, and then back to denying the sexual encounter.
The department will name a new K-9 officer.