A former officer with the Rushville Police Department pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from a lengthy investigation that revealed he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female juvenile.
Cale Worley, 28, pleaded guilty to official misconduct, a Class D felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.
The investigation began in August 2012, when the uncle of a 15-year-old girl reported his concerns about his niece’s interactions with Worley.
As the former DARE officer for the police department, Worley worked in Rushville Community Schools, where he first encountered the 15-year-old girl. Police said he met with her after hours and communicated with her electronically via texts and through Facebook.
The girl said she first texted Worley after getting in trouble for an earlier incident. She said she would “Facebook message and text message with Worley and that Worley had given her his cell phone number.” They met behind the Junior High School and she “also drove around in Worley’s patrol car,” court documents said.
Worley resigned from his position in August when the original investigation began. Following his plea Wednesday, Worley was stripped of his credentials and certifications to be a police officer and EMT in Indiana.