Former Avon cop again arrested on sex charges
WEST CHESTER, Penn. – A former Avon cop convicted on child-pornography charges in 2003 was arrested Thursday for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl in 1999.Robert Gallen, 53, of the Denver area, is expected to be extradited to West Whiteland Township, Pa. to face charges he molested the girl twice at his home when she was 11 and 12, West Whiteland police reported.
Gallen was a West Chester police officer for 25 years. In 2000, he moved from the area to New Mexico and then Colorado.Investigators received a complaint from the girl – now 17 – in Feb. 2005. Gallen now faces charges of felony aggravated indecent assault and two counts of misdemeanor indecent assault. The accusations came as a surprise to some of Gallen’s fellow police officers in Pennsylvania.”He always enjoyed a good reputation in West Chester,” West Whiteland police Sgt. Martin Malloy said.
Gallen was arrested by the FBI in Colorado in May 2003 after it was discovered he possessed 10 computer disks containing child pornography. At the time he was working for the Avon police. He resigned from a month later.A Colorado Bureau of Investigation probe found Gallen accessed child pornography Web sites on a computer around 1998 in Pennsylvania.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado