Veteran Akron police detective indicted on sexual charges

7:30 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- After a two-month long investigation, Akron Police Detective Bob Pankonien, Jr., 52, was indicted by the Summit County Grand Jury.

The charges include pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition and unauthorized use of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.

Pankonien is a 19-year veteran of the Akron Police Department and is currently assigned to the Investigative Sub-Division Burglary Unit.

He was booked earlier Friday into the Summit County Jail and released on a $50,000, 10 percent bond.

The Akron Police Department has placed him on administrative leave without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case.

"The Akron Police Detective 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 service," stated Chief James Nice.

The grand jury documents provided by the police say the victim -- or victims, their names were redacted -- were under 13 years of age and named Pankonien as either parent, stepparent, guardian, custodian or person holding parental responsibility.

The charges contained in a secret grand jury indictment covers alleged crimes as far back as 1992 into 2009, and pandering sexually oriented material as recently as September 2012 with a minor.

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