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Former Akron officer pleads in sex case

Beacon Journal staff report

A former Akron police detective has pleaded guilty to five charges in a case that alleged sexual contact with juveniles.

Bob L. Pankonien Jr., 52, will be sentenced Sept. 25 by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan. He pleaded guilty to pandering sexually oriented matter, three counts of illegal use of a police computer and a single count of receiving stolen property.

Pankonien originally was facing a 19-count indictment that included sexual offenses against juveniles.

Prosecutors dismissed more serious counts of sexual battery and gross sexual imposition, involving boys and girls he was previously acquainted with.

Pankonien was placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of the criminal case when he was indicted late in 2012. He has since left the department.



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