By Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2020

COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut police sergeant is under investigation for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to an underage girl.

Coventry police Sgt. Michael Hicks was placed on leave and is under an internal investigation for a complaint that was filed in September, the department confirmed Wednesday.

The now 23-year-old told NBC Connecticut she made the complaint one day after she found the Facebook conversations between her and Hicks, from when she was a teenager.

The complaint alleged that Hicks “had inappropriate electronic communications through the Facebook messenger application with a juvenile” in 2012 and 2013.

No criminal charges were ever filed against Hicks but the woman said the messages continue to bother her years later.

“It was traumatizing. I mean that’s really the only word I can use,” she told the station.

Connecticut State Police had launched a criminal investigation into the allegations but that case is now closed with “insufficient evidence to proceed with an arrest.”

Hicks, who has been on the force for more than 15 years, will remain on leave until the internal probe is done, Chief Mark Palmer said.

He added, “We take these allegations very seriously and will conduct a complete and thorough investigation into this matter.”

Reports didn’t include comment from Hicks or a representative.

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