Officers Resign Amid Allegations Of Inappropriate Behavior

Two Springfield officers have resigned amid allegations one of them engaged in sexual activity with a prostitute while both officers were on duty.

The alleged incident happened on Nov. 9, 2004. The officers did have a choice of resigning or being fired following a 2.5-month investigation by the Springfield police division.

On Monday, Brandon Peterson, 29, who had been on the force for 2.5 years and Frank Blacksher, 40, who is an eight-year veteran, both resigned.

According to investigators, on Nov. 9, Peterson and Blacksher stopped a prostitute, gave her money for beer and then left. Authorities said hours later, it is believed that the officers found the woman again near an abandoned church on South Plum Street, where authorities alleged that Peterson engaged in oral sex with the woman while Blacksher was there.

The woman reported the alleged incident to Springfield police several days later, which prompted an investigation. A criminal investigation is now under way.

Police Chief Moody said that investigation could result in grand jury indictments, misdemeanor charges or the officers could be cleared of any criminal wrong-doing.