Petersburg officer accused of sexual misconduct

Court documents say body cam footage refutes claims

Two Petersburg residents are facing charges after accusing a Petersburg Police Department officer of sexual misconduct.

James R. Vick and Julie C. Ruhle claimed that Officer Louis Waechter allegedly touched Ruhle inappropriately while arresting her on charges of driving under the influence on Sept. 28, but body cam footage of the interaction does not support the claim, according to the court complaint.

Vick and Ruhle now face a misdemeanor class A charge for knowingly giving false information to a peace officer with the intent of implicating another in an offense. Ruhle could also be charged w...


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