Chief working to move forward after charges are filed against former officer

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He was said to be an officer with a very bright future who worked with children but now, he’s in trouble with the law he swore to uphold.

Formal charges have been filed against former Rushville Police Sergeant Cale Worley. The 28-year-old is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

State police said they began their independent investigation in August of last year after the Rushville Police Department contacted them about allegations against Worley.

“As soon as we realized there was a problem, as soon as it was brought forward to us, we did initiate an investigation as soon as we realized it was possibly going to turn into a criminal nature that we did pass it along to an independent agency because we wanted to make sure an independent investigation was done,” said Craig Tucker, Rushville Police Chief.

According to court documents released Monday, Worley sent the 15-year-old girl text and Facebook messages and would meet secretly late at night while Worley was on duty.

The teen said she talked to Worley about her “sex life” and other topics.

The Rushville Police Chief said Worley resigned from the department in Aug. 2012 when he was informed about the investigation.

On Feb. 8,  Worley was arrested and now he faces formal charges.

“I feel like somebody with a very bright future and a good career made a couple of mistakes that were pretty blatant and it’s resulted in what we have before us now,” Chief Tucker explained.

“I feel bad for our community. I feel bad for my officers and support staff and I think they deserve better and we’ll do everything in our power to rectify the damage that has been done and fix our image,” Chief Tucker concluded.

This wasn’t the first time Worley had a problem with a teen girl.

Earlier last year, Worley was suspended for two days without pay after a parent complaint.

Worley decline to talk with us about the charges against him. He is currently out on bond from the Rush County Jail.

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