Fired Douglas County deputy under investigation in possible sex assault - Omaha.com
Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 9:38 am
Fired Douglas County deputy under investigation in possible sex assault

A Douglas County sheriff's deputy who was fired Monday is under investigation for a possible sexual assault that allegedly occurred in a park, according to a spokeswoman for the Omaha Police Department.

Marty Bilek, chief deputy for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, said Cory Cooper, 29, was fired for “inappropriate behavior” on the job during the first four months of this year.

Cooper's firing came after a two-month investigation into his conduct while on duty, Bilek said.

Lt. Darci Tierney, a police spokeswoman, said the department is investigating a report of a sexual assault.

“We are currently investigating a possible sexual assault that allegedly occurred at an Omaha park,” Tierney said. “An incident report has not been completed because we haven't yet determined if a crime has occurred. We are still investigating.”

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said he will review the police report when it's finished and decide whether any charges are warranted.

Bilek said Cooper, who has been a deputy for about five years, violated the department's rules and regulations regarding its code of conduct. He was reassigned to office duty April 4 and placed on paid leave April 19.

Cooper's attorney, John Corrigan, said he and his client received initial notification of the firing and are awaiting the written notification.

“We expect that we will appeal the firing,” Corrigan said. “We'll wait for the written notice and then work our way through the process.”

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