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November 21, 2013

Lawrence cop acquitted in Florida rape case

LAWRENCE — Fired city police officer Carlos Gonzalez was found not guilty of a child rape charge in Florida on Tuesday.

Gonzalez, 48, was also acquitted on a charge of selling, giving or serving alcohol to a person under age 21, a spokesperson at the Polk County 10th Judicial Circuit Court confirmed this morning.

A 25-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department, Gonzalez was charged with sexually assaulting a girl while he was on vacation in Haines City, Fla., in July. Haines City is located between Tampa and Orlando.

The girl told police she was assaulted in a private home on July 22, 2012. She reported the incident to Lawrence police in December.

While he was jailed in Florida, Gonzalez was also indicted on sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault in the early 1990s in Salem, N.H.

A extradition hearing in Polk County was scheduled for later today.

More on this story in tomorrow's Eagle-Tribune and online at eagletribune.com

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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