New Questions Surround St. George Police Department

11:33 AM, Sep 14, 2007   |    comments
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By Jeff Small (KSDK) - First there were questions about an officer at the St. George Police Department. There are now questions about the officer's boss. Seven years ago, Chief Scott Uhrig was facing a dilemma involving serious accusations made against him. The accusations came while he was an officer accused of sexually harassing a teenager on the job. Uhrig is proud to talk about the many positive changes that have taken place under his direction at the St. George Police Department, but turns silent when asked to talk about what allegedly happened at his last job at the Arnold Police Department. In 2000, Uhrig was defending himself against accusations he sexually harassed a 17-year-old girl during a traffic stop. The case surfaced while Uhrig was an Arnold police officer. When asked by an attorney in 2000, Uhrig said he denied the claim. A four-page statement was issued following a review of the accusations by the Missouri State Administrative Hearing Commission. Among its findings were that Uhrig called the teenager "beautiful, hot and tempting." Uhrig also allegedly asked the teen to come to his car for sex. Despite maintaining his innocence, the Commission believed Uhrig acted outside the law. They said his unwarranted sexual advances showed he could not enforce the law and was cause for discipline. Uhrig was suspended for weeks without pay and put on probation. Several years later he took the helm at the St. George Police Department. Uhrig would not go on camera to address the Arnold case. He issued a statement saying he was wrongly accused and reprimanded for something he didn't do. He also said the only thing he will say to the media from now on will be “no comment” or a statement issued via e-mail.

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