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A fired Port Royal cop avoided sexual assault charges. What did investigators find?

A woman who filed a personal injury lawsuit against the town of Port Royal and its police department related to alleged sexual assault by one of its police officers in 2015 was crying and said she was afraid the officer would hurt her when she reported the incident to police two days later, according to documents from the investigation released by SLED and received on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The officer, George Rioux, told investigators he had a months-long consensual relationship with the woman and never assaulted her.

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