ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A police officer has resigned rather than face action from an administrative board after becoming involved with a woman he met while investigating a domestic battery case.
The Tampa Bay Times reports Officer John Klipp pursued a relationship with Tracy DiMasi following a case involving the arrest of her boyfriend, Joseph Ciannilli. He resigned Thursday.
Ciannilli filed a complaint against the officer in December. Attorney Rohom Khonsari provided investigators with copies of text messages and photos that Klipp and DiMasi exchanged.
Investigators say Klipp gave his number to DiMasi during the initial investigation. In subsequent exchanges he addressed her with affectionate names, made remarks about her appearance and sent inappropriate photos of himself.
Klipp resigned before the board convened Thursday. Police say he would have been fired.