A Columbus police officer accused of stalking a teenage girl on social media has resigned, Chief Ricky Boren confirmed to News 3 Monday.
James Bezner, an ID technician, resigned Friday amid an internal investigation, Boren said. The situation was exposed by the mother of teen on Facebook Thursday night and went viral.
News 3 interviewed the parents — Debra and Michael Beasley. News 3 told them of the Bezner’s resignation during Monday’s exclusive interview.
“I’m relieved that he’s no longer with the police force,” Michael Beasley said. “However, there is still no legal ramification for him if he continues to contact my daughter. We were pushing to try to get a restraining order … at least so there’s some type of ramification if he decides to try to contact her. But I am relieved he’s no longer a member of the Columbus Police Department.”
This has been a trying ordeal that has gone since late last year when the Beasleys found social media messages they considered inappropriate because of their child’s age, which was 13 at the time.
They filed a report with Columbus police in December but had not heard back when the mom made the situation public on Facebook.
Just after 5 p.m. on Thursday, Debra Beasley went to Facebook and identified Bezner and share some an exchange she alleges was with her daughter.
On Friday, Columbus police told News 3 there was an investigation into the situation underway. Boren said that no action had been taken “at that time.” Bezner is the subject of an ongoing investigation.
News 3 will have more from the one-on-one interview with the Beasleys on News 3 This Morning on Tuesday.