Police: Former Beloit police officer arrested for alleged child sexual assault

Police: Former Beloit police officer arrested for alleged child sexual assault
Beloit Police Department
Larry Woods

A retired Beloit patrol officer was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, according to a news release from the Beloit Police Department.

Larry Woods, 62, was taken into custody Saturday as part of an investigation. Officials said the child’s mother brought forward information about a sexual assault Saturday.

Officers immediately gathered information to make an arrest that same day, according to the release.

“The allegations against a former officer are abhorrent and tarnish the badge that so many men and women are proud to wear,” Police Chief David Zibolski said. He’ll host a news conference Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. #news3

— Jenna Middaugh (@JennaMiddaugh) June 11, 2018

Woods retired as a patrol officer from the city of Beloit Police Department in 2007. He has most recently been working as a security guard with the School District of Beloit and the Beloit Public Library, according to the release.

Officials said he has been placed on administrative leave from the library.

“The allegations against a former officer are abhorrent and tarnish the badge that so many men and women are proud to wear,” Police Chief David B. Zibolski said. “Woods’ actions with this child betray the community that he swore to protect. We appreciate the community’s support as we further investigate Woods’ actions.”

We are announcing the arrest of Larry Woods of Beloit for the sexual assault of a child. See more details on our Facebook page: https://t.co/5PhvvpNpfG

— Beloit Police (@BeloitPolice1) June 11, 2018

Woods is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday in Rock County Circuit Court. Anyone with information regarding Woods is asked to contact the City of Beloit Police Department at 608-757-2244.

The interim superintendent for the School District of Beloit, Darrell Williams, said in a statement that the district is cooperating with the investigation. He added that Woods is not currently on-duty at the school since security officers are not year-round employees.

“The relationship between personnel and students must remain positive and supportive at all times,” Williams said in the statement. . “Students and staff are encouraged to come forward and report incidents such as this to the administration.