A sordid story of sex and lies are at the heart of the criminal complaint. Prosecutors say Larson used his position as chief to leverage sexual favors while he was on duty and lied to investigators.
According to the complaint:
Larson engaged in conduct “very disturbing and sexual in nature” with a woman in the village park on April 21.
Later that month, a confidential informant working with the West Central Drug Task Force said she had been touched and sexually propositioned by Larson while he was on duty.
In two other instances, Larson was on duty when he approached women in a sexual manner or made sexual references to them. Another witness said Larson encouraged her to drive after she had been drinking to rendezvous with him at the village park.
Investigators learned in September that Larson had oral sex performed on him three times by another woman who “felt obliged to perform Larson’s request due to the fact he was a police officer.” This occurred in a store that was open for business in downtown Readstown.
At first, Larson lied about having oral sex with the woman but later admitted the acts to investigators and provided details to “verify the credibility of the information,” according to the complaint.
Larson’s inappropriate behavior wasn’t limited to sex, investigators said.
One witness described an incident when Larson witnessed three people drinking alcohol during a birthday celebration in the Readstown Village Park. According to the complaint, a woman in the group said she had to use a restroom, and Larson led them to the cemetery in Soldiers Grove so she could urinate behind a headstone. The group continued drinking, and the person celebrating the birthday said “he would never forget this birthday as he was partying with a cop.”
The complaint also lists numerous times when Larson told witnesses not to tell people that he had witnessed their illegal behavior or asked people not to report his behavior.
Larson is charged with two felony counts of misconduct in public office. The six misdemeanor counts include two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, three counts of disorderly conduct and one count of obstructing an officer. The two felony counts each carry a maximum penalty of 3 ½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine.