AKRON, Ohio - A Summit County jury indicted an Akron police detective on 13 counts. The charges are the result of a two-month investigation.
Bob Pankonien is a 19-year veteran of the Akron Police Department and is assigned to the burglary unit.
The department said the 52-year-old faces charges for pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, sexual imposition and unauthoritized use of the Ohio law enforcement gateway.
"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," said Chief James Nice, in a statement on Friday.
In the indictment, the counts refer to different incidents dating back to 1992.
Pankonien was booked into the Summit County Jail on Friday and released on a $50,000 bond with 10 percent allowed. He was placed on administrative leave without pay, pending the outcome of the case.
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