Provo Police Chief John King resigns amid allegations of sexual misconduct

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Provo Mayor John Curtis addressed Provo Police Chief John King’s resignation at a press conference on Thursday, March 16.

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Curtis said he received a complaint accusing King of sexual misconduct Feb. 8.

Curtis said the Provo Police Department asked the Utah County Attorney’s Office to conduct an outside investigation to avoid any conflicts of interest. Utah County referred the investigation to the Salt Lake County Unified Police Department, also to avoid a conflict of interest.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill notified Curtis on March 1 that his office would not proceed with the prosecution after a thorough investigation of the accusations.

Curtis told reporters he received additional information about King’s case on on Friday, March 10.

“After reviewing that information on Monday of this week, March 13, I met with Chief King and we mutually agreed that his resignation was in the best interests of the city and the department,” Curtis said.

Chief King was on administrative leave for family reasons when Curtis received the complaint. The Provo Police Department had previously announced that King resigned to spend more time with his family.

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