A Bartlesville police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave while two agencies investigate allegations of sexual misconduct that occurred prior to Officer Steven Powers’ employment by Bartlesville Police.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Investigation are looking into the sexual misconduct allegations that happened when Powers, 34, of Broken Arrow was a Oklahoma Department of Corrections probabtion and parole officer. Powers joined the city of Bartlesville police department on Aug. 21, 2017.
Hastings also said the BPD has opened an internal affairs investigation. Powers was placed on paid administrative leave on July 27.
Bartlesville Police didn’t receive any complaints of notification of inappropriate behavior until it was notified last week by the FBI and Department of Corrections about their investigation.
A spokesman for the United States Department of Justice’s Northeast Oklahoma Division told the EE the federal agency couldn’t comment about ongoing investigations.
“The City of Bartlesville is aware of the situation and will continue to cooperate with federal and state investigators any way we can,” said City Manager Mike Bailey. “We will review this matter further and take appropriate action once the internal investigation is complete.”
According to the a story by The Frontier, a nonprofit, Tulsa-based news organization, Powers worked from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections from February 2015 to August 2017. After he left the DOC, a female probation and parole officer told authorities she had received inappropriate text and instant message from Powers while he was a co-worker and after he became a police officer.
Former probationers under Powers’ supervision also told DOC investigators that Powers had sent them inappropriate and sexually suggestive text message, according to the story by The Frontier.