Officer Resigns After Inappropriate Affair

ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer who had a romantic affair with a woman whose boyfriend he helped arrest resigned Thursday rather than face discipline from an administrative board.

Officer John Klipp was one of three St. Petersburg officers who faced discipline for various violations of police policy.

A chain of command board chaired by police Chief Chuck Harmon also suspended an officer who had what was described as an inappropriate but “nonsexual” relationship with a 17-year-old girl in the Police Explorer program and an officer who failed to show up for a work-related court hearing.

Klipp, according to a board memo, pursued a relationship with Tracy DiMasi in July 2012, after he investigated a domestic battery case involving DiMasi and her boyfriend, Joseph Ciannilli.

 

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