LMPD officer accused of official misconduct with witness

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 3:17 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville Metro Police officer is facing two counts of official misconduct after a complaint was filed with the Public Integrity Unit.

Joseph C. Burden, 41 of Louisville, was arrested Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Burden was one of the officers investigating a call for service back in October when he detained a witness, telling her he had a warrant for her arrest but there was no such warrant. Throughout the investigation Burden told the victim all other officers wanted her to go to jail.

After other officers left the scene Burden stayed behind and "instructed the victim to pull down her pants and spread her genitalia," according to the report, and she complied because he acted as if he had the authority to request a search.

The report states once the victim arrived home she contacted a private attorney and told him what happened. She immediately began receiving calls from Burden. The victim told investigators Burden asked her if he could come over to her home or if she would meet him at an undisclosed location. The victim declined Burden's invitation and told him she was in a relationship.

In December, investigators worked with the victim and she called Burden to set up a meeting to discuss speeding ticket fines. According to the report, the victim met Burden at a Louisville Wal-Mart and he then asked her to follow him to Riverside Garden Park. Once at the park, the report states Burden asked the victim if he could "feel them," and then placed both hands under her shirt to touch her breasts. Public Integrity Unit officers intervened at that time.

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