Former LPD officer charged with sexual assault appears in court

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A former Lincoln police officer charged with sexual assault appeared in court on Friday afternoon.

Gregory Cody appeared in District Court at 2 p.m., and it was determined he will stand trial during the October 1, 2018 jury term.

Pretrial motions will be heard on August 31, 2018.

Cody was arrested on Nov. 8 and charged with first-degree sexual assault.

A second officer was identified during an internal affairs investigation, but no criminal violations were discovered, according to police.

A third officer was also discovered to have participated in inappropriate, but non-criminal, behavior.

The internal investigation began on Oct. 18, 2017, following notification from the Nebraska State Patrol of allegations against Cody.

He was placed on unpaid administrative leave and chose to end his employment on Oct. 20.

Cody was arrested on Nov. 8 and charged with first-degree sexual assault.

A second officer was identified during the internal affairs investigation, but no criminal violations were discovered, according to police.
A third officer was also discovered to have participated in inappropriate, but non-criminal, behavior.

"A third officer was discovered to have participated in an inappropriate relationship that also did not rise to the level of a criminal violation, but was not in accordance with our policies and Code of Ethics. The officer had previously resigned in 2016," Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said in a statement.

A total of three other LPD employees, including two supervisors, were also disciplined.

"Two current Lincoln Police Department supervisors and one officer were disciplined for conduct determined to be in contrast with our General Orders.I believe the disciplinary processes in place appropriately addressed their actions. I am confident they will continue to be valuable members of our organization in the future," Bliemeister said.

Bliemeister added 35 interviews were conducted during the investigation, and the departments vetting practices were analyzed.

"In response to the investigation we are making modifications to our General Orders and re-affirming expectations with personnel," Bliemeister said. "We provided training on ethical interactions with those we serve and have expanded, ongoing education planned in the future."

"The Lincoln Police Departments’ response to this investigation was immediate, transparent and continued even after the departure of Cody from our agency. The actions of the officers no longer employed by our agency were not tolerated, undermined the public’s trust and more importantly fell short of serving a vulnerable member of our community."

Cody's arrest followed an investigation stemming from a report made by the victim to a health care professional at Bryan West Hospital.
The hospital reported the assault to the Nebraska State Patrol on October 17.

Cody was hired by LPD in August of 1990, and was a 27-year veteran of the force. The most recent published annual report stated Cody was previously assigned to the southeast team in Lincoln.

Court records show Cody released the victim from custody and did not take her into Emergency Protective Custody (EPC) following a situation in July of 2016. Officer Cody used this encounter to "assert his will over her" in the future, according to records.

"She stated that Officer Cody told her that she was "pretty" and that she would "owe him" for not taking her into Emergency Protective Custody during the 2016 incident previously described," the affidavit states.

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