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Former police officer accused of on-duty sex-related offenses

WETUMPKA (AP) — A former Millbrook policeman has been indicted on sex-related offenses that allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said Francisco Aponte, 36, was arrested Monday at his residence in Montgomery.

He was charged with rape, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct in an alleged attack on a woman May 11 while he was on patrol, driving a marked police car.

Houston said Aponte allegedly picked up the woman at a local convenience store, drove her home, then drove from the home in the patrol car and eventually pulled into the driveway of a vacant home, where the victim said he attacked her.

"Certain people are held to higher standards, and law enforcement officers are among that group," he said.

"It's a law enforcement officer's job to protect the public, not take advantage of them."

Aponte was fired after the victim filed a report with authorities.

Chief Deputy Ricky Lowery said Aponte remains in the Elmore County Jail on $175,000 bond.

Court records did not indicate if Aponte had retained a lawyer.

Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.

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