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Fremont police chief placed on leave, accused of 'inappropriate touching' on bus trip

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Randy Wright, the chief of police in Fremont, Michigan, is the subject of a Michigan State Police investigation after a woman on a bus trip said she was touched in appropriately. (WWMT/City of Fremont)

Michigan State Police have launched an investigation into the behavior of Fremont Police Chief Randall Wright, after he was accused of inappropriately touching a woman while on a bus trip with a Fraternal Order of Police chapter.

The trip took place in June as the group traveled to see a Detroit Tigers baseball game. State Police Detective Sgt. Ed Doyle said a woman reported instances of “unwanted touching" during that trip. Doyle said the woman reported that the incidents happened on the bus during the ride back from Detroit. Police reports have been sent to prosecutors in Kent and Ingham counties, where, Doyle said, the incidents might have occurred.

Doyle said state police investigators have contacted all 31 people who were on the bus at the time.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office is reviewing the police report.

On Tuesday, Fremont City Manager Todd Blake released the following statement:

“Due to the recent allegations made against Chief Wright, the city of Fremont has placed Chief Wright on administrative leave until further notice. The city is conducting its own investigation into this matter."

Blake said Sgt. Jon Geeting will be in charge of Fremont Police Department operations during Wright’s leave.

The Fraternal Order of Police Ben Bradford Lodge #135 organized the trip. Lodge President Bryan Kolk released a written statement on the incident.

“Shortly after an event that our lodge took part in, we were informally told that an allegation had been made regarding some activity that had taken place during the event,” Kolk said. “The state police conducted the investigation regarding this allegation. Our membership provided full cooperation to them. We deeply regret that anyone involved with this event had an experience that made them feel like a victim.”

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