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UMass police officer on leave after rape arrest

George Colon, 49, placed on paid leave

AMHERST — A University of Massachusetts police officer from West Springfield is on paid administrative leave following his arrest on several charges, including rape of a child.

George Colon, 49, was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the West Springfield police station on a warrant charging him with rape of a child, sodomy and enticing a child under 16 and two counts of open and gross lewdness.

Colon, a patrol officer for UMass police since 2006, was arraigned Friday afternoon in Springfield District Court.

UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski said putting Colon on leave is standard policy when allegations are brought against any university employee. This allows an immediate action that will be followed, within a week or so, by conducting a full hearing that gives officials a range of options, including suspension or reinstatement.

West Springfield Police Capt. Daniel Spaulding said the warrant for Colon’s arrest stemmed from a more than weeklong investigation of information supplied by two juvenile girls who have known Colon for a few months.

“The allegations are that at some point over that time period he exposed himself to the two females, attempted to engage one of them in sexual intercourse and physically had sexual intercourse with the other female,” Spaulding said.

In a statement, UMass Police Chief John K. Horvath said the alleged misconduct did not take place while Colon was on duty at UMass and is not connected to his work as a UMass police officer.

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