Kissimmee police officer accused of sexual battery

FOX 35 News at 6 p.m.

- A Kissimmee police officer has been arrested on charges of sexual battery by a law enforcement officer, unlawful compensation, and battery.  

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating Corporal James Rabb, 32, in February 2015 at the request of the Kissimmee Police Department. The investigation shows that while arresting a female suspect, Rabb engaged in sexual misconduct and continued to have sexual encounters both on and off duty.

"Well, we want the public to be aware and to have confidence in their police department, knowing that if an allegation of misconduct on anybody within the agency is brought forth, we are going to investigate it thoroughly and transparently," said police spokesperson Stacie Miller. 

"The Kissimmee Police Department is committed to continued efforts in preventing this type of alleged activity through training, professional development, and open lines of communication within the community we serve.  These alleged actions do not represent the Kissimmee Police Department's philosophy, nor should they be a reflection of the men and women who proudly serve our City," said Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie,

Rabb will remain suspended without pay, Chief Massie added, "as the agency moves forward through due process procedures in an effort to terminate his employment."

According to the FDLE, the investigation also revealed that Rabb used his position to make phone calls to the State Attorney on behalf of the victim to ensure she received preferential treatment for her pending criminal case.

Rabb was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $ 25,500 bond.  The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit.

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