Somerset officer removed from school after claims of inappropriate contact

The Somerset Police Department's school resource officer at Somerset-Berkley Regional High School has been removed after claims of alleged inappropriate contact.

The Herald News reported that Patrolman Brian Dempsey, a full-time school resource officer, was placed on paid administrative leave a week ago stemming from an investigation into the allegations. Dempsey was also assigned to teach anti-drug classes at Somerset Middle School.

Police learned of the allegations from the high school's principal by a student who recently graduated and is no longer at the school.

Chief Joseph Ferreira told The Herald News that Dempsey was asked to turn in his badge, gun and police identification, which is standard procedure after a serious complaint is filed.

Ferreira told the newspaper there was nothing criminal going on.

Attempts to reach Dempsey on Tuesday went unsuccessful.

NBC 10 placed calls to superintendents at both schools. Neither were available for comment.