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Mesa officer under investigation for inappropriate texts with underage girl resigns

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MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

He was entrusted to protect kids, but a school resource officer and member of the Mesa Police Department resigned after texting inappropriate messages to a 17-year-old student at the school for which he worked.

This all happened in February of this year. An internal affairs report said the girl saved the message to show investigators, and Officer Kelly Boyer resigned before the investigation was over.

Boyer, a 17-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department, was assigned to Canyon Valley School, an alternative school in Gilbert.

According to the internal affairs report, Boyer gave an underage female student his number, asking her to recommended a tattoo artist.

The report said Boyer started texting the girl, saying "I can't stop thinkin (sic) about you."

"You are f...... g........," he allegedly said. "One was a curse word... the other was gorgeous... excuse my language.. lol."

Another text said "Ahh if you were older."

He complimented the girl's lips and said, "to be honest, I was visually picturing yours on mine... sorry... lol.. just being direct."

And the report said he wrote, "I hope you erase these [text messages] as you go."

The report said the girl told Boyer she was too young for him and didn't graduate until May, and he told her he'd wait for her. Boyer sent the girl 54 messages in 2 days.

"Mr. Boyer was assigned away from that environment," Steve Berry with the Mesa Police Department said they acted immediately after receiving the complaint. Boyer admitted to sending the messages in an internal affairs interview, but called it "stupid banter." He acknowledged some of the texts were inappropriate, but he was just giving her a compliment.  Boyer resigned before the investigation was over.

"This is not something the Mesa Police Department would then or now tolerate," Berry said. "Again, these are very serious allegations."

This isn't the first time Boyer has been under investigation. In 2007, Boyer was accused of having sex on-duty with another officer, but the investigation determined they were not on duty at the time.

Another allegation stems from 2009 but wasn't reported until March of this year. An employee at a different school Boyer was assigned to alleges he sent her unwanted emails, saying her beautiful eyes were distracting and he had been thinking about her. The report said the school only stores employees' emails for one year and Boyer denied it, so the complaint was dropped.

Attempts to locate Boyer were unsuccessful. Boyer has been a school resource officer at several other schools and also coached girls' soccer. Boyer relinquished his Arizona Peace Officer Certification, preventing him from becoming a police officer ever again in this state. The Mesa Police Department is not pursuing criminal charges.

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