PINE BLUFF, AR - A local policeman has been fired for conduct unbecoming of an officer after being charged with rape.
The Pine Bluff Police Department (PBPD) says Officer Maurice Hopkins, 32, is accused in a Feb. 23 incident. Hopkins has 10 days to appeal his termination.
The PBPD says a criminal investigation was started after the victim filed a report on Monday.
The resulting information was forwarded to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration and the decision was made to file the charge.
Officer Hopkins had served two years and nine months with the Pine Bluff Police Department.
There is a $100,000 secured bond for Hopkins and a no contact order with the victim.
The PBPD says no further information will be released until the conclusion of its internal investigation.