PD: Charges possible after officer sends explicit texts to teens

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Chris Balmaceda By Jennifer Thomas Chris Balmaceda By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A former Glendale police officer could face criminal charges after he allegedly inappropriately touched a female high school student and sent explicit text messages to others.

In January, a parent contacted the Glendale Police Department and notified them of inappropriate texting between Chris Balmaceda, 25, and female students at Mountain Ridge High School.

The victims were between 15 and 17 years old, according to police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden.

Balmaceda had been working off-duty at the school providing campus security.

During an internal investigation, police received information that revealed Balmaceda's conduct went further than the text messaging and involved inappropriate touching that was sexual in nature, according to Breeden. The victim was a 17-year-old student.

A criminal investigation was launched and Balmaceda was removed from the streets and the school and reassigned administratively. In addition, his police authority was removed while the investigation continued.

He resigned in April prior to the investigations being completed.

The Glendale Police Department is recommending that Balmaceda be charged with one count of sexual abuse and four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has not announced any charges at this time.