FLUSHING TWP. — A Flint police officer has been arrested for allegedly molesting and raping a juvenile girl in Flushing Township.
Justin McLeod, 36, was taken into custody at a residence on the 6000 block of N. McKinley Road on Nov. 15 by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST) in coordination with Flushing Township police. The arrest was made during the early morning hours after the alleged victim contacted a sexual assault nurse who works with the GHOST team.
McLeod, who has been a Flint City police officer for five years in the K-9 and motorcycle units, is accused of raping and molesting the young female victim several times over the past two years. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said that the victim had been in McLeod’s “circle of influence” and helped police to make the arrest after taking part in a forensic interview conducted by the Voices for Children Advocacy Center.
Swanson said that his department worked directly with Flint City Police Chief Terrance Green to investigate the accusations against McLeod, who has been placed on unpaid administrative leave while termination proceedings begin.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has brought four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct against McLeod, along with two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of children-accosting for immoral purposes, one count of aggravated indecent exposure and one count of unlawful imprisonment.
McLeod remains in custody in the Genesee County Jail with no bond.
“(McLeod) put on a uniform and a badge, went out and answered 911 calls for victims just like the one he preyed upon,” Swanson said. “He may have worn a badge, may have worn a uniform, but he wasn’t one of us.”
Swanson thanked the Flushing Township Police Department for helping to coordinate the suspect’s arrest and Voices for Children for assisting with safe placement for the victim as the investigation continues.