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Former police officer pleads in sex case

TNS Regional News • Aug 17, 2013 at 8:07 PM

A former Akron police detective has pleaded guilty to five sex-related offenses involving juveniles.

Bob L. Pankonien Jr., 52, will be sentenced Sept. 25 by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan. He pleaded guilty to pandering sexually oriented matter, three counts of illegal use of a police computer and a single count of receiving stolen property.

Pankonien was originally facing a 19-count indictment that included sexual offenses against juvenile.

Prosecutors dismissed more serious counts of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, involving boys and girls he was previously acquainted with.

Pankonien was placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case when he was indicted late in 2012. He has since left the department.


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