Veteran Detective Indicted on Sex Charges

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AKRON, Ohio — A 19-year veteran in the Akron Police Department has been indicted by a Summit County grand jury on 13 different counts, including several sex charges against victims under 13.

Detective Bob Pankonien, 52, was booked Friday into the Summit County Jail and released on a $50,000 bond, according to Akron police.

He was placed on unpaid administrative leave by the department pending the outcome of the case.

The indictment followed a two-month-long investigation.

According to the indictment, Pankonien was charged with the following:

— One count of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor for alleged activity between September and October 2012.
— One count of sexual battery for alleged activity between March 2006 to March 2008.
— Two counts of gross sexual imposition for alleged sexual activity with someone under 13 between the periods of February 1992-1994 and February 2001-2002.
— Two counts of sexual imposition for alleged activity between February 2001 through February 2002 and on Aug. 14, 2009.
— One count of corrupting another with drugs (marijuana) involving a juvenile.
— Six counts of unauthorized use of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway information system for activity between 2010 and 2012.

Pankonien had currently been assigned to the department’s investigative subdivision burglary unit.

Police Chief James Nice released the following statement on the matter:

“The Akron Police Department is comprised of honorable men and women dedicated to serving and protecting the citizens of Akron. I will closely monitor the legal process in this matter and do whatever it takes to preserve the trust of the public we are sworn to serve.”

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