DARE Officer Forces Runaway Teen to Pose Nude

Filed in Gather News Channel by on March 29, 2011 0 Comments

A 50 year old DARE officer forced a runaway teen to pose nude for him, according to allegations. Michael Mangino of Aurora, Colorado turned himself in to police after they found nude photos of the 15 year-old girl on his self phone. But that is not the only incriminating pictures found.

According to the DARE web site, DARE is a “police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.” This particular case is very disturbing and with the alleged perpetrator being a DARE officer, it makes it more serious.

After report of Mangino being possibly involved in “inappropriate conduct,” police confiscated the officer’s cell phone and found disturbing evidence. On the phone were pictures of the 15-ear-old girl along with a photo of another girls’ body part apparently taken in a DARE classroom.  Also, there was a picture of the officer having sex with an adult female in his squad car.

The DARE officer turned himself in and is now out on $20,000. He is being charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and official misconduct. The charges do not seem to include child pornography. However, that should be added. How do we end up with people who would do this in law enforcement? Is this just another case of depravity by police being soft peddled as improper behavior?

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