- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) - A 43-year-old Chicopee police officer has been fired for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos on Monday announced he has terminated the contract of Officer Michael Gendron even though the age of consent in Massachusetts is 16 and the relationship was likely legal.

But Kos said in a statement that the relationship “fell below the standards of what the mayor believes a Chicopee police officer should be doing off duty.”

Gendron had been previously suspended without pay after the girl’s mother filed for a restraining order again him.

Gendron can appeal his termination to Civil Service Commission. His lawyer could not immediately be reached.

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