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Published September 21, 2009, 04:12 PM

Lamoure police officer charged with Gross Sexual Imposition

A small town is without police officers, after its only city officer was arrested, accused of send sexually explicit text messages and having sex with a 14 year old girl, while working for the department.

By: Stephanie Goetz, WDAY

Prosecutors charged 22-year-old Kyle Mackey of Lamoure with three counts of gross sexual imposition, one count of luring a minor through electronic means and solicitation of a minor.

Court papers say, over a 4 month time, Mackey had sex with the underage girl three different times, and Mackey resigned just seven days before the bureau of criminal investigations arrested him.

Now a city is left, scrambling, to try to find another officer.

The story from WDAY reporter, Stephanie Goetz.

Kyle Mackey came to Lamoure from Bowman, North Dakota, recommended by Bowman's police chief. But just two months into the job here, court papers say the city's only police officer, was now breaking the law.

According to court documents, Mackey had sex with a girl he knew was 14 years old. They say he also sent sexually explicit text messages, almost demanding she have sex with him. Just a week before he was arrested, Kyle Mackey quit, citing in this letter of resignation that the city was too small and he wanted to move to a bigger city. The city's mayor would not comment in if there were any outstanding issues with Mackey before these charges.

Lamoure's Mayor Craig Good says, "We didn't have much for issues other than just his, other than a little bit of a job performance."

The city has already hired another police officer, this time from Lamoure. But he won't be on the job for another couple months. The city's mayor says, "We sent him to the police academy and he'll be done with that,around November 14th."

In the meantime, the Lamoure County Sheriff's Department will step up to protect the city, until another officer is in place.

The gross sexual imposition charges carry a minimum-mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison.

Mackey will appear in court on october eighth.

Right now, he is in the Barnes County jail with bond set at 10-thousand dollars.