- Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - A 37-year-old Independence police officer faces charges accusing him of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

The Jackson County prosecutor’s office said Thursday in a release that James M. Combs is charged with second-degree statutory rape. The prosecutor’s office says he’s accused of having sex with the girl beginning in 2014 when the victim was 14.

The prosecutor’s office says the case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at the request of the Independence Police Department because Combs is an Independence police officer.

Combs is out on $75,000 bond.

An attorney for Combs didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

The police department says Combs, who has been an officer there since 2002, hasn’t been performing duties as a police officer since the department received the complaint.

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